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A 17-year-old from South Carolina was decapitated at Six Flags in Georgia on Saturday when a roller coaster traveling at full speed struck him in the head after he entered a restricted area. It is uncertain why the teen jumped two 6-foot fences and passed by warning signs stating the area was restricted, off-limits, and dangerous. Witness reports indicate the teen may have been in the area to retrieve a hat he lost while in the ride.

The ride was shut down for the remainder of the day out of respect for the teen’s family. Another teen had entered the area as well but was not injured. No one on the ride was injured. The teen victim was at the park with his parents with a church group from Springfield, South Carolina.

In 2002, a groundskeeper was killed when he entered the restricted area and was struck by the hanging leg of a ride passenger. The ride was closed, OSHA inspected the ride, and the federal organization deemed the ride safe for passengers.

In 2007, a teen’s legs were severed when a cable snapped on the Superman Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky. This injury resulted in several surgeries to re-attach the girls right foot and amputate part of her left leg. The girl’s family is seeking civil justice.

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Theme Park and Amusement Park injuries occur every year at parks across the country. If you or someone you know suffer an amusement park related injury, it is critical that legal advice is obtained from an attorney with experience in handling such cases. It is imperative that you are made aware of your rights. Theme park injury cases often have a variety of legal issues. The parks owe a duty of care to the visitors of the park and if the conduct of the park, or park employees, falls below that duty, the park could be held responsible for injuries caused by their acts or failures. Additionally, many ride cases involve considering whether the designer or manufacturer of the ride has any liabity for the injury caused by the ride. Many times, this is a separate entity from the park itself. They may be other people or companies that are responsible for inspecting and maintaining the ride. Because there is only a limited period of time to bring a case for a theme park related injury, and it may take some time to determine what people and companies are involved and responsible, it is critical that a lawyer is consulted immediately.

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