Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster closed for repairs after rider thrown

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GATLINBURG, TN (WATE) – Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster has closed their coaster for repairs after state officials say a passenger was thrown from the ride on Sunday.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says a third party inspector was sent to the coaster, but a complete inspection found no issues. The inspector said the Mountain Coaster was in proper working order at the time of the incident.

The victim was the front passenger of a double ride sled and was thrown from the sled. She suffered fractures to both wrists, a knee cap, a wrist, head trauma and possible broken ribs. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Department of Labor says the coaster has ceased operations and will not be allowed to resume until the company has complied with “remedial measures.” The Department of Labor says is working with the company to achieve statutory compliance requirements.

The amusement ride, however, said on their Facebook page they decided to close the coaster after they discovered a sensor issue during a system check. The park said they have ordered the part from the manufacturer in Germany and they will be closed for a few days while they wait on the part.

“It was a spur of the moment closing, but it was a decision made with public safety in mind,” said Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. “We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you soon.”What others are clicking on:

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