Father claims he and daughter hurt on ride at Houston Rodeo

Pilot files lawsuit against ride operator

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

HOUSTON - A dad said he and his 7-year-old daughter were hurt when they rode the log ride called the "Wild River" at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March.

Commercial airline pilot James Wygand filed a lawsuit against the ride's operator Ray Cammack Shows, Inc. The lawsuit claimed that the company did not safely operate the ride.

It said, "When the log hit the landing pool, James Wygand's head was slammed into the front part of the seating compartment of the hollow log causing him to sustain severe head and neck injuries."

The lawsuit claimed Wygand sustained severe and disabling injuries that required neck surgery and could threaten his job as a commercial airlines pilot.

"When you're an airline pilot, we're not talking about minimum wage. We're talking about stratospheric salary," said Local 2 legal analyst Brian Wice. "Wait until you hear both sides. That's why the good lord built the courthouse."

The lawsuit asked for more than $1 million plus legal fees. 

The attorney for the family, Ray Cammack Shows, Inc. and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo all declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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