MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The Delta Fair is facing a $25 million lawsuit from one of the workers who suffered an electric shock before the fair began and during its set up. The worker claims he suffered permanent, serious injuries when a ride called the Ring of Fire hit a power line.
This the same fair where eight kids were injured on another ride.
Edward Alan Yearta claims he was standing at the generator, setting up the Alpine, when workers who were setting up a different ride called the Ring of Fire hit a power line.
The current allegedly surged from that line through the Ring of Fire and into Yearta's right hand. Yearta claims the current then exploded out of his foot.
Two operations later he says he is out-of-work and suffering traumatic injuries.
The description in the complaint is far more serious than Delta Fair president Mark Lovell communicated to the public.
“They ran some tests on him. He is fine,” said Lovell following the accident. “Having some minor foot surgery. He will be back on site in a couple of days. I doubt he will be working but on site."
Yearta is suing The Delta Fair and the owner of the ride, Amusements of America, for negligence in violating safety requirements.
We reached out to Lovell but did not hear back with a response. A spokesperson for Amusements of America said it had not seen the lawsuit so it had no response.