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(Saturday, December 28, 2002) - A California Superior Court judge has ordered Pharaoh's Lost Kingdom Adventure Park in Redlands, California to pay nearly $5 million to a 37-year-old man who was seriously injured in an accident on the park's Ferris wheel last year. The man fell 35 feet from his car on February 3, 2001, after his lap bar failed. The man's lower leg, ankle and heel were crushed in the fall.
The judge ruled the accident a result of park negligence and found that the ride operator failed to ensure that the man's safety bar was properly latched, that the lap bar mechanism itself was poorly maintained, and that it appeared to be functioning when it was not.
The attorney representing the park called the decision a "travesty of justice."
The attorney representing the victim said he hoped the case would bring attention to what he called a lack of oversight in the amusement park industry.
The park will pay $4.9 million to the victim and another $500, 000 to his son, who witnessed the accident from his own seat on the ride.
(Tuesday, November 26, 2002) - A British jury has found a ride inspector guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of two people at a fair in west London in May, 2000. The inspector, a 52-year-old man, was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter and two breaches of health and safety laws. He was accused of criminal negligence, having failed to notice cracks and rust in an 18-year-old Super Trooper ride when he inspected it on May 5, 2000. A few weeks later, on May 27, a car carrying two people detached from the ride, flew through the air and crashed into a toy stall, killing a 28-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man. Another passenger was seriously injured.
Investigators found that the frame of the victims' car was cracked, rusty and fatigued. They also found similar cracks around several other seats on the ride, as well as several other "disastrous defects, " including cracks and rust in the ride's turret and chassis.