Lexington woman injured after being ejected from mountain rollercoaster
A Lexington woman is recovering after being thrown from a ride in Gatlinburg.
The Sevier News Messenger says the victim is 44-year old Alma Fatien of Lexington. Fatien was on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster over the July 4th weekend when she was ejected from a coaster car.
According to one report filed by the owners of the ride, Formstack, LLC., Fatien suffered multiple fractures in the accident to both wrists, her knee caps and her left elbow. She also suffered head trauma and possible broken ribs.
An inspection report obtained by WKYT shows officials with the National Association of Amusement Rides found no mechanical issues with the ride. The report also says that the Mountain Coaster team admitted there was an operational issue with a worker not following standard procedures for buckling lap belts.
A report issued by Formstack, LLC. says the couple was coming in to the flags area (end of the ride) at full speed, despite warnings to slow down. The report also says the owner has reason to believe that the passenger, Fatien, was not buckled in. They also said her safety restraint was not checked before leaving the station.
The Tennessee Labor Department's amusement device unit sent the company a letter ordering the ride be shut down.