Hot Springs slides into lawsuit |

Hot Springs slides into lawsuit

A Dillon woman who says she was hurt on a Hot Springs Pool slide in 2000 is suing the pool and Pro-Slide Tech, the Canadian slide manufacturer.

In the suit, filed June 19, Margaret Rose Smith alleges that on June 22, 2000, she reached the first turn of what was then the new water slide, then “dropped an unknown distance at an accelerated speed.”

“She hit her head, was flipped over and forced to complete the rest of the ride on her stomach. When Mrs. Smith emerged from the water slide she was bleeding profusely from a laceration on her head,” the suit says.

The suit also notes that before Smith was taken to the Valley View Hospital emergency room, a manager at the pool told her that at least five other patrons of the pool had been injured on that same slide since it was installed around Memorial Day of that year.

Hot Springs Pool general manager Kjell Mitchell declined to comment on the lawsuit, and Pro-Slide Tech administrators could not be reached for comment.

Smith’s suit, filed by Amy Brewer Collins of Breckenridge, claims Smith suffered injuries to her head, ribs, right elbow and spine and that these injuries have given her a permanent disability.

In Smith’s claim against the pool, she alleges the pool managers were negligent.

“Even though there were prior injuries on the water slide on which Mrs. Smith was injured, the pool continued to allow patrons to use this slide,” the suit said.

In her claims against the Pro-Slide Tech of Ottowa, Ont., which has built and installed dozens of water slides in recreation areas around the world, Smith claims that the company was negligent, is liable for her injuries and shouldn’t have sold the slide with that design.

Smith did not make a claim for a specific amount of damages, leaving that issue to be resolved at trial, the suit said.

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