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Roller Coaster Crash Spurs Two $1 Million Lawsuits

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George Roseberry and Brittney Sims have filed two lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Virginia against Deggeller Attractions alleging they suffered “severe and permanent injuries” on the Riptide roller coaster at the Salem fair last summer.

According to the lawsuits, the car they were in came to a stop at the top of the roller coaster and was rear-ended by a second car. The suit says that the two plaintiffs and other riders in the car alerted the attendant that they were stopped, but the attendant “ignored the warning and proceeded to release a second car,” which then hit their car. Two adults and four children were taken from the ride to the hospital with injuries that rescue workers said were not life-threatening.

In a counterclaim, Deggeller Attractions said Roseberry caused the accident when his hat blew off and got stuck in the wheels of the car, causing it to come to a stop. Deggeller said attendants told Roseberry to remove his hat before the ride started, however, the company claims he put the hat back on. Their counterclaim says Roseberry “was negligent and reckless when he put his hat back on.”

The lawsuits filed by Roseberry and Sims seek damages of $1 million each. The counterclaim by Deggeller seeks $10,000 in damages from Roseberry to cover the costs of repairs to the ride, the Roanoke Times reported. disclaimer: This article: Roller Coaster Crash Spurs Two $1 Million Lawsuits was posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 8:49 pm at and is filed under Accident Lawsuits.

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