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Lawsuit Settled Over 2016 Ferris Wheel Accident at Tennessee Fair

A lawsuit involving a Ferris wheel accident in which three girls fell to the ground at a Tennessee fair has been settled. The Kingsport Times-News reports that a notice filed in federal court Oct. 17 indicated mediation took place and …

Investigators: Excessive Speed Caused Florida Roller Coaster Derailment

Excessive speed caused a roller coaster to derail at a Florida boardwalk, according to a preliminary investigative summary released Tuesday. Two riders fell 34 feet (10 meters) when the front car of the Sand Blaster Roller Coaster was left dangling …

Investigation of Derailed Florida Roller Coaster that Injured 9 Underway

Some passengers who were riding a Florida roller coaster when it derailed last week could have lifelong injuries, an attorney for three of the nine riders who were hospitalized said Monday. The riders suffered broken bones, concussions and possible nerve …

6 Injured After Florida Roller Coaster Derails, Plunges Riders 34 Feet

A roller coaster that derailed in Florida had been put out of service by state inspectors twice in the past year and a half because of problems with the ride. Two riders fell 34 feet (10 meters) when their car …

Ferris Wheel Owner Says Injured Kid At Fault for Tennessee Fair Accident

The owner of a Ferris wheel in which four people were injured in Tennessee last year has responded to lawsuits over the incident, saying that one of the injured children was to blame for a gondola overturning. The Greeneville Sun …

Tennessee Family Files Suit Over Ferris Wheel Accident

A family whose daughters were injured when they fell from a Ferris wheel at a Tennessee county fair has filed lawsuits against the ride’s owners and manufacturer. News outlets report the Reynolds family and Lorena Cowhy, another woman who was …

Tennessee Legislators Tighten Amusement Park Safety Regulations

Tennessee could soon tighten amusement park safety regulations after people were injured on rides in two incidents last year. The Tennessee House passed a bill Thursday with heightened safety requirements. The Senate approved it Wednesday, so it heads to Gov. …

8 Injured in Tennessee Fair Ride Accident

Eight people were taken to hospitals after a ride shut down at the Delta Fair in Memphis on Saturday. Riders were enjoying the Moonraker, which spins around an axis and tilts up and down on an angle, when the ride’s …

Safety Inspections of Thrill Rides Vary by State

In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that hurl kids upside down, whirl them around or send them shooting down slides are checked out by state inspectors before customers climb on. But in other places, they are not …

Tennessee Ride Inspector Reported Worn Rivets on Ferris Wheel That Dropped Girls

Worn out rivet fasteners on a Ferris wheel are being blamed for an overturned gondola at an eastern Tennessee fair that sent three girls plummeting more than 30 feet to the ground. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development …