PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster in Pigeon Forge was ordered to cease operation after an injury was reported.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Amusement Device Unit sent an accident cease and desist letter to the park’s owner Monday. The office says the company reported an accident on Saturday.
J & J Global Investments, LP gave the office a report of a possible back injury. The company says a rider stopped on the track out of fear. This caused another rider to collide with a cart in front of them. The rider did not use their brakes, according to the park.
The state office ordered the park to stop operation of the ride in order to confirm statutory compliance requirements. Also, the ride was required an inspection from a third party. An inspection was performed Sunday, according to the park.
According to the park’s website, the ride is still closed. Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is located at 867 Wears Valley Road.
Earlier in July, The Coaster at Goats on the Roof and Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster were ordered to stop operation after injuries were reported. The coasters have since continued operation.Related:The Coaster at Goats on the Roof closed after rider breaks arm