Water Park Put Profits Over Safety, Man Claims

     ST. LOUIS (CN) – A Missouri water park’s desire to save money caused a Michigan man to slide into a concrete wall and break his leg, the man claims in Federal Court. Frederick Crawford of Gobles, Mich., says the injury occurred on “The Bomber” speed slide at the Mark Twain Water Park in Monroe City, Mo.

     The Bomber was originally built without any engineering safety studies, Crawford claims.
     “[P]rior to Frederick Crawford’s incident, engineering safety consultant recommended that the Bomber slide be extended significantly in order to eliminate the dangerous propensities of the slide,” the complaint states.
     But he says the water park “did not follow the safety consultant’s recommendation and only extended the Bomber slide a few feet to save money.”
     As a result, Crawford claims he slid into a concrete wall. He says the impact fractured his right leg, requiring multiple surgeries to repair.
     Crawford and his wife, Rose Crawford, seek unspecified damages for medical bills, trauma, suffering and loss of consortium.
     They are represented by Christopher Petri of Byron Carlson Petri in Edwardsville, Ill. Monroe City is about 130 miles northwest of St. Louis.

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