N.J. woman sues Dollywood after falling out of classic car ride

Matthew Lane • Mar 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM

GREENEVILLE — A New Jersey woman has filed a $400,000 lawsuit against Dollywood claiming she fell and injured her wrist as she was getting off the Rockin’ Roadway ride in March of last year.

Attorneys for Judy Lynn Etherton filed the lawsuit earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Greeneville. The lawsuit names the Dollywood Company, Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation and Dolly Parton Productions as the defendants.

According to the lawsuit, Etherton says she fractured her right wrist after attempting to exit the Rockin’ Roadway ride at Dollywood on March 19, 2017.

The cars in the Rockin’ Roadway ride do not have doors, and riders have to step over the side of the ride to get into and out of the cars. Etherton did so and as a result, her foot caught the side of the car and caused her to be thrown to the ground, fracturing her right wrist, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit claims the fall was due to there being no safety devices in place to assist people exiting the ride.

Here are the claims being made against the defendants:

— Failure to properly operate and maintain the Rockin’ Roadway ride.

— Failure to properly instruct guests about a safe exit from the ride.

— Failure to adequately supervise and oversee patrons to prevent them from injuring themselves when exiting the ride.

Knoxville attorney Thomas Scott, who represents Etherton, had no comment on the lawsuit.

Pete Owens, director of public relations and marketing for Dollywood, said the company does not comment on pending litigation.