PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – A Pigeon Forge roller coaster closed after a rider suffered a broken arm Sunday.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development requested The Coaster at Goats on the Roof to cease operation on Monday. The office says a rider “lost control and put an arm outside of the ride,” at the location on Wears Valley Road.
The incident was not reported as a serious injury until the state told the company to stop operating. The state was notified when a visitor saw media coverage of an incident in Gatlinburg. A woman was thrown from the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster July 3.
The office says the company may be forced to pay $2,100 for not reporting the injury in a timely manner. Recently, the company submitted an accident report and an inspection report from a third-party. The inspection was completed on Tuesday and the ride was deemed safe to operate.
The state office is working with the company to create preventative measures. The ride will be closed until measures are completed.
The owner of Goats on the Roof Coaster in Pigeon Forge says he’s working with the state to make sure all of his safety measures meet code. The owner adds he plans on going above and beyond what’s required because he wants the ride to be safe.