In 2015, Rachel Alesiani rode El Diablo, a 7-story tall loop roller coaster at the park located in Jackson, New Jersey, The ride is a vertical thrill ride and swings back and forth like a pendulum. At the top of the ride, it stops at the peak and suspends riders upside down.
Rachel said that the restraint on her seat, a lap belt and over-the-should harness, disengaged as soon as the ride began. During the ride, she struggled to hold onto the shoulder bar in order to stay in her seat.
After the ride, Rachel told her parents, Serafin and Margaret, what had happened. Her parents told the staff, and the ride was shut down for “technical difficulties.”
The Alesianis claim that the Sif Flags staff never checked Rachel’s restraints before the ride started.
They also claim she had “serous, severe, and permanent injuries, and list shoulder, thoracic, cervical, and lumbar strains and sprains in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was transferred from state Superior Court to federal court. It charges that Six Flags was “reckless, careless, and negligent for failing to ensure El Diablo’s safety systems were working properly.”
The exact amount is of the lawsuit is unknown, but because it has been transferred to federal court, it is known that the Alesianis are seeking monetary damages in excess of $75,000.
Last week, Six Flags filed a motion to dismiss the case on grounds that is does not design, manufacture, or sell the rides. Six Flags also noted that the Alesianis filed the personal injury claim long after the 90-day window for amusement park patrons to report an alleged incident in New Jersey.