Woman injured riding PCMR’s Alpine Coaster
A woman was injured while riding the Alpine Coaster at Park City Mountain Resort on Sunday, the resort and emergency officials said.
The woman is 47 years old and from Utah. Further information about her was not available.
The Park City Police Department said the woman reported her right knee, ankle and rib cage struck either a branch or a catwalk support when the Alpine Coaster car she was in went around a curve. Her body swung outside of the car, the police said.
Bob Zanetti, the assistant chief of the Park City Fire District, said an emergency crew was called to PCMR at 12:23 p.m. He said the woman sustained cuts and bruises. The Fire District crew immobilized the woman and put her on a backboard. A medical collar was put around her neck to keep it straight. She was taken to the Park City Medical Center in an ambulance.
Zanetti said she complained of pain in her right knee and in her right heel, among other injuries.
Krista Parry, a spokeswoman for PCMR, said the woman was wearing a seatbelt. Parry said it appears the woman was not holding onto the braking mechanism with both hands at the time of the accident and her body twisted around inside the car.
The Alpine Coaster is one of PCMR’s summertime attractions. The resort advertises the Alpine Coaster as winding someone "through more than a mile of loops, curves and hair-pin curves at speeds up to 30 mph." It is a two-person ride. One of the riders controls the speed.
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