Nearly three years after a Vermont high school student filed suit against the town of Ocean City and a private manufacturer after suffering serious injuries when an escalator collapsed in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in 2006, the books were finally closed this week with an undisclosed amount of damages paid to the victim.
In May 2006, several members of a high school band from Vermont, in
Ocean City for the annual Youth Music Competition at the Convention
Center, were injured when the north elevator to the second floor stopped
suddenly and starting running in reverse. Several of the students fell
during the accident and a handful were taken to Atlantic General
Hospital in Berlin where they were treated for a wide variety of
Nearly three years to the day of the accident, one of the injured
students, Rebecca Beall, of Barre, Vt., filed suit in U.S. District
Court last June, claiming negligence against the town of Ocean City, the
Ocean City Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, Inc., and the private
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company, which the town retained to service and
maintain the faulty escalator.