Terrifying Glass Skyscraper Slide Already Facing Lawsuit

Woman says she broke her ankle riding Los Angeles' 'Skyslide'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2016 12:53 PM CDT
Updated Jul 15, 2016 4:45 AM CDT
Terrifying Glass Skyscraper Slide Already Facing Lawsuit
A reporter rides the Skyslide last month in Los Angeles. A woman from New York claims she broke her ankle while riding the slide.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Who would've thought a slide made of glass attached to the side of the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast could be dangerous? That's the claim being made in a lawsuit filed by two New Yorkers who visited Los Angeles earlier this month, My News LA reports. The 45-foot-long "Skyslide" opened last month on the side of the US Bank Tower, running between the 70th and 69th floors nearly 1,000 feet above the street, notes the AP. Gayle Yashar, 57, claims she broke her ankle while coming down the Skyslide July 3; she's suing for negligence, while her co-plaintiff and husband, Morty Yashar, is suing for loss of consortium. Her lawyer says you can hear her ankle crack on video taken during her ride.

The couple is seeking unspecified damages from OUE Skyspace LLC, which owns the building. The lawsuit claims the slide's design doesn't allow riders to slow down before it ends. It also states that mats stacked near the end of the slide "increased the risk of serious injury for an ankle fracture which was far beyond the risk assumed by the uninformed and unsuspecting riders." (Slide down this sand dune and it will start "singing.")

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