I certainly had quite a few bruises when I did a mini-TR:TR-thon for a commercial shoot in 2003, so I'm certain they aren't lying about that.
A neck brace, however... Something seems a bit fishy about that. I'm 97.6% sure we'll hear from her, and/or her attorney again in the future.
Ms. Smith features prominently in the interview. (And the Emmy goes to...)
Now, to be fair, I won't discount the obvious inconvenience and discomfort associated with 10 full minutes of hang time. I would be hating it, too. But the way she describes the incident seems like the normal action of any Top Spin ride. You know, stops suddenly, dangles you upside down, all that. (Well, all except for the 10 minutes part...)
I'm on the large side, and Ms. Smith seems like she might be as well. I know when I ride a Top Spin, which is hardly ever, I feel very stapled in and the restraints press hard against my chest, keeping me from taking as deep a breath as I'm used to. It also keeps me from flying out. Having to experience that sensation for that length of time must've been rough, though, not to mention frightening.
Did the cameras chase her out to her car? Seems so. The bad thing, too, is they don't know what happened and Mary Lou seems at a rare loss. And you're right, Raven-Phile, I doubt that a "return day on us" will be enough to appease some of 'em!
BTW, be sure to check the dummys and their fabulous hair extensions!
Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!
The bad thing, too, is they don't know what happened and Mary Lou seems at a rare loss
I can see where constant pressure on the shoulder area could cause some neck stiffness. I doubt that anyone got a serious injury from it, but put enough pressure on that tender area in the shoulders, and your neck likely will hurt..not to mention that after a few minutes of hanging upside down, all the blood has GOT to be floating in your head and making your head hurt, so what do you do? You strain to hold your head up, also making the neck hurt more. Not saying that our lovely lady Ms. Smith isn't a little melodramatic (if she was so hurt by the thing, why would she take the time to speak to cameramen instead of going to the doctor and having her damn head and neck looked at), but I can see why she would have the injuries she has.
"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band
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