August 3rd, 2012 - by DKRPA
Florida has many water and amusement parks that give families from Miami to Tampa Bay the chance to escape the heat and enjoy a day in the pool or a night riding some roller coasters.
These places need to be routinely and thoroughly inspected to ensure that park patrons are safe when enjoying the rides. At the same time, the owners of the park need to diligently ensure that every aspect of the rides is in proper working condition.
One park in New Jersey has seemingly failed to do this once again, as five people had to be hospitalized after they were wedged against the mouth of a water tunnel for up to 20 minutes. It is just another case in the long line of park accidents that Mountain Creek amusement park has suffered over the years.
The park used to be under different ownership, which had to file for bankruptcy because they had too many personal injury lawsuits to cover. The former owners owed at least $3.8 million in personal injury awards, including a $1.3 million judgment for four individuals injured while riding a toboggan after park hours. There was even a 1982 incident when a kayaker was electrocuted at the park.
Given Mountain Creek’s history, all aspects of the park’s premises will be called into question — especially any water rides or roller coasters that require intricate mechanical processes or are particularly dangerous. Patrons should have a safe and fun time at these parks, and the employees and owners of such places need to do everything they can to assure their customers’ safety. Otherwise, they can be held financially responsible — as the past owners of Mountain Creek found out.
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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