A 17-year-old boy was decapitated by a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia. It is only the latest mishap on such rides and the matter is being investigated to determine why the teen (with a friend) scaled two six-foot fences to gain access to the off-limits areas.
The teen was from Columbia, S.C. — part of a group from Oakey Spring Baptist Church near Springfield, S.C. He jumped the fences around the Batman roller coaster.
In terms of liability, it seems a pretty good case of assumption of the risk and should not be a serious threat for liability unless the family could show that better security is needed or that more could have been done to bar access to the most dangerous areas.
In 2002, a 58-year-old groundskeeper named Samuel Milton Guyton was killed in a restricted area under the Batman roller coaster. He was also struck in the head — by a passenger’s dangling leg. Five years later, in June 2007, the Superman ride cut off the legs of a teenage at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Ky.
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