Maine Reporter Files Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Ski Area

Maine reporter files personal injury lawsuit against ski areaA newspaper reporter from Brunswick, Maine, recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against a ski area where she allegedly broke her back.

Rebekah Metzler claims she was invited by the Lost Valley ski area in Auburn, Maine, to ride its newest attraction, the Zorb, an inflatable sphere that rolls down a hill with riders strapped inside, The Associated Press reports. She would then write about the new attraction in the Sun Journal of Lewiston.

Her ride didn't go as planned, however, when the car-sized sphere went off the course and out of control, allegedly resulting in painful and permanent injuries to Metzler, the news provider reports.

According to the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Metzler's former employer, the hill down which the sphere was intended to be rolled was 64 feet high. The personal injury lawsuit reportedly claims that Lost Valley marketed the Zorb as "reasonably safe," though it was not.

The ski area "failed to undertake basic and reasonable safety precautions, follow industry guidelines, seek governmental approval and/or use reasonable common sense in researching, acquiring, installing, testing and/or offering 'zorbing'," the lawsuit reads.