A trip to Six Flags Great Adventure is a summer tradition for many New Jersey families. This year, a series of accidents has many concerned about the park’s safety records.
Review the current reports about these incidents and take steps to avoid hazards if you plan to visit a theme park this season.
Log flume malfunctions
In mid-June, two Six Flags guests went to the hospital after their car on the Saw Mill Log Flume ride tipped over and nearly capsized. This popular ride remains closed pending a safety investigation by the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs.
Roller coaster incidents
Just a few weeks after the log flume accident, park officials ceased operation of the 19-story wooden El Toro coaster after rear safety wheels that prevent derailment lifted off the track. While no one suffered injuries, the ride remains sidelines as the DCA investigates.
In mid-July, the park experienced its third incident in just a few weeks. Six Flags confirmed that a young child was seriously injured on the Joker roller coaster but could not comment further on the cause due to the child’s age.
These incidents highlight the inherent risks of visiting amusement parks. Outside New Jersey, a Six Flags park in Texas experienced a July chemical incident that hospitalized 60 guests with respiratory distress and skin rashes. This summer also saw a serious roller coaster injury in Missouri and an accidental death in Indiana during a roller coaster ride.
If you or a family member suffers a debilitating injury during a New Jersey amusement park visit, you have two years to file a legal claim for negligence.