Well, that was quick. Less than a month after opening, the US Bank Tower’s terrifying new skyslide has already been hit with its first personal injury lawsuit. A woman who says she broke her ankle sliding down the US Bank Tower’s terrifying new glass slide is suing for more than $25,000.
Gayle Yashar, 57, of New York, says she fractured her ankle while riding the new attraction. She and her husband Morty Yashar filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Oue, the company that owns US Bank Tower, and Legends Hospitality, the operator of the slide. The couple is seeking enough to pay for medical expenses, legal fees, and loss of earnings.
Though the glass slide only extends from the 70th story of the building to the floor immediately below, the lawsuit alleges that the drop is steep enough that riders do not have sufficient time to decelerate before being shot out of the base of the slide on the 69th floor.
A video of Yashar’s ride posted by LAist with her attorney’s permission shows that her ride ended somewhat dramatically. Upon reaching the end of the slide, Yashar loses control of her camera and sounds a bit disoriented. Though she can be heard laughing at the bottom of the slide, she also says “ow” as she is getting up.
The Yashars’ allege the operators of the Skyslide should have been aware of the dangers associated with the attraction due to “dangerous and defective design.” They also should have let visitors know about previous injuries suffered by riders, the suit says. It also claims that operators added “stacked mats at the end of the slide runout” that created a gap between the edge of the slide and the landing area in which riders’ feet can become trapped.
The glass slide opened to the public June 25. It’s part of a series of new attractions on the upper floors of the US Bank Tower, including an observation deck and a 360-degree restaurant that opens today.
Oue tells CBS News the Skyslide is built to withstand earthquakes and hurricane winds up to 110 miles-per-hour. But, as this lawsuit illustrates, sometimes it’s the little things that go wrong on a glass slide 1,000 feet from the ground.