By METRO96 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Entrance to Knott’s Berry Farm. Photo by METRO96 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The family of a young girl who was allegedly injured in an accident on a Knott’s Berry Farm ride has filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court, asking for punitive damages and the cost of medical bills.

The lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of Kristine Laborte contends that Knott’s Berry Farm had been warned by state regulators about problems with the Timber Mountain Log Ride before Kristine was injured last summer, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. There was no immediate reaction from Knott’s.

The flume ride, which tells the story of California’s gold mining era, opened in 1969 and was renovated in 2013.

Kristine, who was 6 at the time, was sitting with her father in the floating log vehicle on July 27, 2014, when the vehicle reached the bottom of a long drop and stopped suddenly, smashing her face against the back of the seat in front of her, according to the suit.

The lawsuit says the girl lost consciousness and suffered a broken orbital bone and vision problems, according to The Times. The lawsuit cites nine previous incidents from 2000 to 2014 in which it says children were hurt on the ride. The State Department of Occupational Safety and Health has notified the park about previous safety issues, it says.

—City News Service

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