Left Hanging at Six Flags
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (CN) - A man who hung upside down for 15 to 25 minutes when a Six Flags rollercoaster stopped in mid-ride claims in court that the amusement park should pay for his permanent injuries.
Anthony Grason sued Great America dba Six Flags Great America, in Lake County Court.
Great America operates a Six Flags theme Park in Gurnee, a northern suburb of Chicago.
"On August 26, 2013, the plaintiff Anthony Grason was a fare-paying passenger in defendant Great America's theme park aboard the 'Superman: Ultimate Fight' amusement ride," Grason says in the lawsuit.
The complaint calls the ride "Superman: Ultimate Fight," but the actual name of the rollercoaster is "Superman: Ultimate Flight."
The rollercoaster sends riders 115 feet in the air, through a number of loops and twists at 52 miles per hour, according to the Six Flags website.
While Grason was aboard, Great America "caused or permitted the 'Superman: Ultimate Fight' amusement right to come to an abrupt and sudden stop while the plaintiff was hanging upside down;
"Caused or permitted the plaintiff aboard 'Superman: Ultimate Fight' amusement right to remain upside down for 15-25 minutes," according to the complaint.
Grason says the Great America employee operating the ride "failed to keep the 'Superman: Ultimate Fight' amusement ride under proper control," and "failed to properly inspect that the 'Superman: Ultimate Fight' amusement ride was in proper working condition prior to allowing the plaintiff to board the amusement right."
Grason says he was pushed into the harness assembly while he hung upside down, waiting for help.
"Grason was then and there severely and seriously injured, both internally and externally, and he suffered a severe shock to his nervous system, and bruises, contusions, and lacerations to his body; and became sick and disabled, and will continue to suffer great pain, discomfort, and physical impairment, and his injuries required hospitalization and medical treatment, all of which said injuries are permanent," he says.
He seeks at least $50,000 for negligence.
He is represented by Mark Karno.