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Six Flags Corp. Shuffles Management Team At Great Adventure

July 27, 1987

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ Four executives at the Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park have been ousted following several accidents this summer that killed one person and injured two others, officials announced Monday.

A new management team will be responsible for a thorough review of operations, maintenance and safety at the complex, said park spokesman Mark Braff.

Heading the new team is Ray Williams, president of the Six Flags Great America theme park in Gurnee, Ill., who will succeed Donald F. Conway as park president. Braff would not identify the other three men being replaced, and said they would be offered other positions.

″It was not felt any of the three did anything wrong,″ Braff said. Corporate officials ″didn’t feel they wanted them to be subjected to public scrutiny.″

The park has suffered declining attendance since opening in April. While inclement weather is partly to blame, Braff said company officials have acknowledged that accidents have soured the park’s image.

The most recent accident occurred Wednesday, when the Sarajevo Bobsled Ride started prematurely and hit a patron who was waiting to board. He suffered a fractured leg.

The two employees who were operating the ride have been reassigned to other jobs, Braff said.

On July 4, a worker suffered a fractured vertebra when a camel knocked her down. And on June 17, a 19-year-old girl was killed when she fell from the Lightnin’ Loops roller coaster ride.

Six Flags Corp. also operates parks in Eureka, Mo.; Houston; Baltimore; Flint, Mich.; and Hollywood, Fla.

The shakeup at the New Jersey park was orchestrated this weekend by officials at the Six Flags Corp. Chicago headquarters.

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