Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, is being sued by a woman who claims she suffered a brain injury as a result of an incident on one of the park’s rides.
Tedi A Brown from Florida says the injury occurred while riding the Tennessee park’s “Waltzing Swinger” in December 2013. She allegedly fell headfirst from the revolving ride, which involves seats ascending 25ft into the air and tilting outwards. According to her lawsuit, a mix of sleet and snow contributed to her fall, but Brown also claims that inadequate safety measures were in place, as the ride lacked locking restraint mechanisms.
Brown claims she has been left with permanent brain impairments as a result. She also suffered spine and neck injuries, torn ligaments and a broken jaw, according to the suit.
In a statement, a Dollywood spokeperson said: “Out of respect for the process and as a matter of practice, Dollywood does not comment on pending litigation. We look forward to this issue being resolved and anticipate commenting at that time.”
Brown is seeking $475,000 (£308,373) in damages, along with costs.
This article was written by Tim Jonze, for theguardian.com on Friday 2nd January 2015 15.08 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010