Suit Claims Resort’s Snow Tubing Dangerous
N.C. Woman Says Faulty Design At Massanutten Led To 2006 Injuries
HARRISONBURG — A Chapel Hill, N.C., woman who claims she was permanently injured during a trip to the snow tubing park at Massanutten Resort in 2006 plans to get her day in court later this month.
Jeanne Vuich, 43, is seeking $850,000 in damages when the scheduled three-day trial against the resort’s parent company, Great Eastern Resort, begins on Jan. 28 in Charlottesville Circuit Court.
The lawsuit, filed in January 2008, claims Vuich slammed into a barrier at the end of the slope on Jan. 27, 2006, due to the park’s faulty design.
“The defendants were and are aware that the design and operation of the snow tubing park created an unreasonable risk to its business invitees by putting them at risk of injury,” the lawsuit states. “As part of the design process of the snow tubing slope, the defendants were aware that business invitees using the slope may be injured by slamming into the protective wall if their velocity carried them into the barrier at the end of the slope.”
Vuich’s attorney, Charles F. Hilton of Harrisonburg-based Wharton Aldhizer and Weaver, said his client sustained two herniated discs in her back as a result of the collision.
The resort’s attorney, Roman Lifson of the Richmond-based Christian and Barton law firm, declined to comment.
The attraction, Peaked Mountain Express Tube Park, opened in 1998 and features a 900-foot-long hill.
The lawsuit states that rubber mats were placed near the end of the slope to prevent riders from crashing into the barrier.
The suit claims the resort failed to place enough mats to prevent Vuich from hitting the barrier, failed to use an effective type of mat and failed to prevent the mats from becoming iced over.
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