((announcer)) from wtvo channel 17 ... two stations, more local news.
This is eyewitness news local at five.
((mimi)) good evening i'm mimi murphy.
((nick)) and i'm nick toma -- ((nick)) magic waters will open this weekend -- without one of its more popular rides.
The splash buster has been shut down.
((mimi)) that after a series of lawsuits claiming back injuries from the attraction.
And we've learned even more may be file.
Eyewitness news reporter carolina cruz is live at the water park with details.
((carolina)) nick and mimi... seven lawsuits have already been filed.
I'm told three more will be soon -- alleging a back support on splash blaster rafts didn't protect them.
"guy laughing and girl sliding" ((carolina)) water slides usually equal fun...but officials from the winnebago county health department are concerned one at magic waters may be dangerous.
The department has suspended the license of their splash blaster coaster at magic waters water park "papers on the table" that after 7 lawsuits were filed in winnebago county/ court documents obtained by eyewitness news show that some of plaintiffs claim they spent almost $5,000 in medical bills after riding the ride.
However, 5 of those cases are closed and the ride kept operating ... until now.
Tom fabiano - fabiano law offices "there's 3 cases that have been filed they are in the court system right now, and there is another 3 that we recently met with and we will be filing those by next week" ((carolina)) rockford attorney tom fabiano clients' claim they have significant to severe back injuries.
Tom fabiano - fabiano law offices "they all have compression fractures; most of them have fractured their vertebras.
Two of them have had surgery because of that and the other 2 are still in therapy for that" ((carolina)) the rockford park district would not go on camera but say they are working the winnebago county health department to resolve the issue.
"crowd sound at water park" meanwhile the park will be open this weekend but the splash blaster coaster will be closed.
((carolina)) magic waters on the advice of their attorneys had no comment on the lawsuits.
That's it for now from rockford, carolina cruz for eyewitness news ((mimi)) the message is simple this labor day weekend -- "drive sober