Posted Friday, September 3, 2004 8:47 AM | Contributed by Chitown
Stanley Mordarsky fell to his death from Superman at Six Flags New England in May, now his family is suing the park and the manufacturer.
Read more from The Boston Globe. A copy of the complaint can be downloaded here.
Friday, September 3, 2004 9:09 AM
The compaint says that Intamin knowingly allowed the restraint (presumably the belt) to be modified to allow larger people to ride. Somehow I'm not sure I buy that. Intamin was obviously aware of the danger potential way back in 1999 when the guy was tossed from the SFDL ride.
Friday, September 3, 2004 9:36 AM
After the 1999 Darien Lake incident, safety belts were added to the train.
To the best of my knowledge, that alone was supposed to solve the problem, the idea being that the seat belt is individually adjustable and secures in a different manner from the lap bar. I suspect that the length of the belt was strictly a matter of convenience until this incident happened, hence the wild variations in belt length from seat to seat. I have my doubts as to whether anybody ever really put the effort into figuring out what the maximum safety belt length should be.
I can't get the complaint to download. Anybody else have any luck with it?
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Friday, September 3, 2004 9:44 AM
Click through to the site linked to
, and then you can right-click on the third entry down in the list of downloads and "save target as..." It's working for me. The park and plaintiffs' press releases are there as well.
Friday, September 3, 2004 4:01 PM
I can understand them going after SFNE, but not Intamin.
Friday, September 3, 2004 5:37 PM
Thats because the ride operators did not check his restraint system, and he was clearly not capable of being secured properly.
Friday, September 3, 2004 5:53 PM
Sorry I thought you said cant. They went after Intamin because their where I think 4 accidents due to people falling out previously of intamin restraints. MA shut all rides with intamin t bars when the accident took place.
Friday, September 3, 2004 9:51 PM
Wow, this Farrell guy really did not take the time when drafting this complaint...spelling errors and all...amazing.