I watched a lot of 20/20 as a kid so I know what’s up. It’s not the Six Flags and Hershey Parks you need to worry about, it’s the janky local amusement parks. Stoned tweens and unscrupulous carnies run these things, y’all. And now Emily DeMarco and Natasha Khan are reporting that all my worst phobias are true and amusement park ride inspections and injury reporting really are lagging in PA:
Anthony Griffith and his mother are suing Sno Cove’s owner for damages for multiple injuries after the then 12-year-old was injured in a water slide accident in 2011, according to Lackawanna County court records. The Griffith family did not respond to requests for an interview.
Regina Prussack said that she, too, was injured at Sno Cove.
Prussack, who is unemployed and on Social Security disability, took her two kids to Sno Cove in July 2011. With tickets at about $20 each, her pocketbook took a hit. She expected to watch her kids splash in the water, washing away their hard lives for a few hours.
As she was getting onto the chair lift with her children, she asked the ride attendant not to start the ride until she was ready.
But the ride attendant started the ride anyway, and Prussack fell 15 feet, she said.
“People screamed and told them to stop the ride,” Prussack said. “I didn’t have enough time to get the bar down.”
She and a friend went to the park twice and called multiple times asking for an accident report, but the park did not respond.
There was no record of the accident in the documents the bureau released to PublicSource. Nor did the bureau know the chair lift was being used as a ride and wasn’t registered until PublicSource asked about it.
The chair lift was not shut down, according to bureau officials.