Lawsuit: Volcano Bay slide left tourist temporarily paralyzed

in Theme Parks News & Events


ORLANDO, Fla. – A New York man claims in lawsuit that his neck snapped while he was riding the Punga Racers water slide at Universal’s Volcano Bay, causing a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Orange County earlier this month, says the man was on a family vacation with his wife and his three daughters in July when the accident occurred.

Documents show the man decided to race his 15-year-old daughter, 13-year-old daughter and 7-year-old daughter on the Punga Racers, which has four lanes to accommodate multiple riders.

Attorneys allege the man followed employees’ instructions to lie with his stomach on a mat they provided, then slide down headfirst. The man went through multiple checks before getting to the top of the ride and was never stopped, documents show.