GATLINBURG — Fire Department Chief Charlie Cole credited his personnel for their work Monday extricating the victim in an accident at the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster.
According to information the attraction’s personnel reported to the state, a rider was thrown from a cart while it passed through a curve.
The rider, whose name has not been released, was thrown 10 feet from the cart and landed on the tracks. They suffered injuries to their wrist, ankle and head.
The ride sits on a steep mountainside, and Cole said firefighters had to reach the patient and use a Stokes basket to bring the victim down. The basket is designed to safely secure a patient while moving them over rugged terrain.
The fire department, which also provides ambulance service in the city, made it to the scene at 11:49 a.m. Monday, and had the patient on the way to a hospital within 30 minutes.
“It was a call that required rescue,” Cole said. “Reviewing the call as chief I think our guys did a great job.”
It wasn’t clear Wednesday how the rider came to be thrown from the cart. The owners of Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster did not respond to messages seeking comment for this story.
The accident was investigated by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, which sent a third-party inspector and a compliance officer to the attraction this week.
The inspection indicated the ride met applicable safety standards, and by Tuesday the state cleared it to resume operation.
The compliance officer’s report was not available Wednesday.
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