Dollywood has announced that it will sue manufacturer HUSS over the problems suffered with its Timber Tower ride, which was closed throughout 2011.
The Mountain Press reports that the park is seeking $500,000 in damages from HUSS Park Attractions and HUSS Parts and Services. The two companies were formed from the remains of the insolvent HUSS Maschinefabrik, from which Dollywood purchased Timber Tower before its opening in 2006.
Timber Tower has suffered from a range of technical problems since its debut, including a high-profile incident in 2007 when 40 riders became stranded on it for around 3 hours. Dollywood has been locked in a contractual dispute with the HUSS firms over maintenance of the attraction, which it is now looking to resolve through the courts.
Timber Tower is one of only two HUSS Topple Tower rides in North America, with the other still in operation at Marine Land in Niagara Falls. It sees guests boarding a 40-person gondola, which rises to the top of a tower. It then rotates as the tower topples back and forth.