Kings Dominion has closed one of its rides in the Soak City water park area after a woman was injured on Tuesday.
Steve Orebaugh says his wife, Christina, 46, flipped over on her tube while sliding down the Tornado ride. He says she struck her head and went unconscious, sinking to the bottom of the pool. Orebaugh says he lifted his wife out of the pool, with the help of his brother and her girlfriend. Orebaugh says the lifeguards appeared to be delayed in responding to his calls for help.
Christina has a large gash on her head, which required six staples. She also has a concussion, and broken collar, shoulder, and toe bones, according to Orebaugh. He says she is in a lot of pain, and she is being seen by different specialists, according to a report from our sister affiliate WWBT in Richmond.
"She's in a lot of pain, heavily medicated,” said Tim Biller, a family friend who is at the hospital with the couple.
Biller says Steve struggled to reach Christina after she hit her head in the pool at the bottom of the Tornado ride, losing consciousness.
"He said, 'I was scrambling, doing everything I could to get out of the tube. I was yelling for help,' ” said Biller of Orebaugh’s description.
Steve Orebaugh says lifeguards ultimately helped him pull her out of the water. A statement issued by Kings Dominion disputed Orebaugh's claims.
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