State: Employee improperly seated woman hurt on Hot Springs ride - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

State: Employee improperly seated woman hurt on Hot Springs ride

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A state inspector says a ride operator should have prevented a large woman from taking up two seats on a roller coaster at the Magic Springs amusement park in Hot Springs.

The inspector was called out after a July 29th accident that injured a Tennessee woman. Felicia Robinson of Memphis fell eleven feet onto a box holding electric cables.

Magic Springs disputed the report. It said Robinson didn't follow the rules for the "Twist 'n Shout" ride. The Arkansas Labor Department said one of the ride operators let the woman ride sideways and occupy two seats.

The ride's manufacturer requires one seat per rider.

The inspection report says the woman was "extremely large" and that the park shouldn't have let her onto the ride. Ride operator Vicky Snyder said Robinson sat sideways and that the coaster car's restraining bar was closed and locked.

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Hot Springs police said last month that centrifugal force pushed Robinson off the ride as it rounded a curve. Robinson was taken to a hospital after the accident; calls to her home were referred to a paralegal's office in Memphis, which didn't return messages.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-08-18-06 1113EDT

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