Ohio jury slams Six Flags for $3.6 mil over negligence
Written by Robert Niles
An Ohio jury Friday awarded $3.6 million to a Wisconsin woman who suffered severe head injuries when she was struck by an object while riding a roller coaster in 2000.Tweet
Terri Wang was riding The Villian at Six Flags Ohio, now Geauga Lake, when she was struck. The impact fractured her skull and nose. Doctors later had to remove skull fragments from Wang's brain.
The jury agreed that Six Flags, the owner of the park at the time, was negligent because park employees had been warned that guests were pciking up rocks from the ground under the coaster and throwing them at the trains. Park employees did not remove the rocks, however, choosing merely to cover them with mulch.
No one has determined exactly what hit Wang, however, as the object was not recovered. A 12-year-old girl was also struck in the head and injured, allegedly by throw rocks, two years later, in 2002.
Here's a local story on the incident from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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