State cites Lake Winnepesaukah for not reporting 2 ride accidents in timely manner

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UPDATE (Thursday):

The state has cited and fined Lake Winnie again for improper reporting after a separate incident in which a woman was injured on a ride in May. Read more here.


CORRECTION:

NewsChannel 9 previously reported that on Wednesday, Lake Winnie was fined for improper reporting on an accident on the Wild Lightning ride, and given a warning for improperly reporting an accident on the Boat Chute.

The state says the warning and fine are actually switched (see below).


PREVIOUSLY (Wednesday):

Lake Winnie has been cited for not reporting two accidents in a timely manner, state investigators told NewsChannel 9 Wednesday.

The Georgia Fire Marshal's office first learned about one of these accidents after an investigation by NewsChannel 9.

NewsChannel 9 spoke with a woman Tuesday about an accident in May. She told she was getting into the park's Boat Chute ride when she broke her foot. The Georgia Fire Marshall's office told us they did not know about the accident until we asked about it that day.

State investigators are also looking into a reported accident that happened on the Wild Lightning ride on Sunday.

Lake Winnie has been fined $500 given a warning for the incident on Sunday, and was given a warning about fined $500 the incident in May.

Lake Winnie spokesperson Talley Green issued the following statement Wednesday:

"There have been reports of two incidents that have occurred at Lake Winnie, and our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals who may have been injured. We take these matters very seriously and are fully cooperating with the State of Georgia as they investigate these occurrences. The safety of the families who come to Lake Winnie is our top priority. We have always worked very hard to ensure that our rides and attractions are properly maintained and inspected, and this has led to an excellent safety record at our park. Likewise, all of our employees are properly trained in the safe operation of all of our attractions. We will continue to look into these reported occurrences and will follow-up with any pertinent information."

Talley says that the park is presently closed due to inclement weather.

It is unclear at this time whether the rides in question are still open.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update it as we learn more.

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