Most people in North Georgia have heard of Lake Winnepesaukah, nicknamed “Lake Winne,” an amusement park located in Rossville, Georgia, just south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The amusement park boasts several thrill rides including three roller coasters and has a separate waterpark. Last month, two park guests were injured on rides in the park, prompting an investigation by the Georgia Fire Marshal’s office into the safety of the Wild Lightning roller coaster. News Channel 9 reports on the story.
Investigators found nothing wrong mechanically with the ride and blamed the accident, in which a woman fell from the roller coaster, on a “lack of training.”
The incident occurred on Sunday, June 10th, when a woman fell from the Wild Lightning ride. An eye-witness to the accident contacted News Channel 9 regarding safety concerns about the ride, which prompted an investigation into the ride by the Office of Insurance and Safety. The ride remained closed throughout the investigation but has since reopened.
Ride operators allowed the victim, Donna Kirby, to sit in the cart incorrectly. Kirby had a knee injury and asked if she could sit with her legs angled to the right instead of in front of her.
Kirby’s statement detailed that the ride was rougher than she expected and her legs came free of the lap bar, and she was thrown from the cart.
A spokesperson for the park said that they reviewed its internal procedures for guest safety.
On the Monday following the accident, emergency crews were again called out to the park for a young boy that hit his head in the water park section.
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