Kaysville woman files lawsuit saying giant slide at Mississippi State Fair caused back injury

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JACKSON, Mississippi, Dec. 9, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Kaysville woman is suing the Mississippi Fair Commission after she allegedly went airborne off a 40-foot super slide during the 2018 State Fair.

Lindsay Casperson filed the lawsuit in Hinds County Circuit Court in November against the Fair Commission, North American Midway Entertainment and other unnamed individuals, according to the Clarion Ledger newspaper.

Riders put their feet into burlap sacks to go down the giant slide and their bodies can temporarily lift off the slide while descending.

Casperson said before her turn she noticed fair workers were spraying a liquid on the slide.

“Plaintiff was not aware that the unidentified liquid constituted a dangerous condition; however, defendants knew or should have known that spraying the unidentified substance onto the slide would create a hazard for the visitors at the Mississippi State Fair,” the complaint said.

Casperson said that after going down the slide, she received immediate medical treatment from paramedics stationed in an ambulance nearby, and said she was then transferred to the emergency room at Baptist Medical Center where she was diagnosed with a bulging disc.

The lawsuit accuses the Fair Commission of negligence and seeks damages for emotional and mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life in an amount to be determine at trial.

The 40-foot-tall giant slide is among the fair’s most popular rides, fair officials have said.

Fair Commission Director Steve Hutton said the commission contracts with North American Midway to provide safe, quality rides. North American Midway officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

The giant slide has operated for more than 30 years, the newspaper reported.


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