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New Jersey amusement park investigates ride accident

Five customers of a North New Jersey amusement park were taken to local hospitals late last month after an accident occurred on a water ride. Initial reports indicate that their injuries were mostly minor bruises and scrapes. A park spokesperson said that they got hurt when the tubes they were riding became stuck at the mouth of a tunnel on the ride. The customers were apparently very scared when they were stuck because they were unable to get out of the ride on their own.

All of the customers had been evacuated from the ride within about 20 minutes of the accident.

The park proceeded to conduct an investigation as per standard operating procedures. The park also notified the Division of Consumer Affairs.

The park’s previous owners had several serious injuries occur on the premises and eventually filed for bankruptcy. One of the accidents, involving a toboggan, resulted in a $1.3 million settlement for the victims. After a company declares bankruptcy, people who were injured by them are often unable to recover for those injuries.

This ride was originally built by the previous owners but has been maintained by the current owners since 1997 when they purchased the park. There have been no previous injuries on this ride and the accident site has been carefully inspected.

Customers who are injured at amusement parks because of a defective ride or other dangerous condition may be able to recover for their injuries.

More information about personal injury cases in New Jersey is available on our firm’s website.

Source: NorthJersey.com, “Update: 5 injured in ride accident at Mountain Creek amusement park” Abbott Koloff and Jeff Green, July 25, 2012

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