Monday 22 January 2018

Woman suing Tayto Park after breaking her ankle on twister slide

Tayto Park (stock photo)
Tayto Park (stock photo)

Tim Healy

A WOMAN who broke her ankle on a ride at Tayto Park in Co Meath has sued for damages in the High Court.

Helena McDonnell (25) was working as a tour guide at the Tayto Park at the time of the accident five years ago, and went down the 60 foot "Tayto Twister" slide with her friends.

Ms McDonnell, Newbrook Avenue, Donaghmede, Dublin, claimed her right ankle became trapped twice in the loops on the slide and she broke her ankle.

“I heard a popping noise in my ankle as I went down the slide. At the second loop, I heard a cracking noise. I was terrified," she said.

When she got to the bottom "my foot was out of shape and turned to the right hand side,” she said.

Ms McDonnell told Mr Justice Kevin Cross she now has pain every day and had to abandon her dream of being a makeup artist as that would require a lot of standing.

Ms McDonnell told the court the Twister ride was not open to the public at the time and she said she and other employees were told to try it so "we could get the feel of it.”

She has sued Ashbourne Visitor Centre Ltd trading as Tayto Park , Ashbourne, Co Meath over the accident on June 11, 2012.

She has also sued the manufacturer of the ride, Hags Aneby AB of Sweden, and the suppliers of the ride, Spraoi Linn Ltd of Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford as a result fo the accident on June 11, 2012.

She has claimed the defendants were negligent in that they  manufactured, designed, supplied and installed a slide which was allegedly dangerous.

She further claimed there was an alleged failure to alter the slide to reduce acceleration.

The court was told the case was before the court for assessment of damages only.

Her counsel, Michael Byrne, said after the accident the ride was altered in relation to how steep it was and at the turns.

It was also contended that a sign warning that the ride was not appropriate for anybody over 15 years of age had been removed.

The case continues on Tuesday.

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