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Family considering lawsuit after amusement ride shock

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A family is considering suing a New London amusement park after they were shocked by a faulty ride.

Vic Williams and his girlfriend Jennifer Pepperman were on the Scrambler with their kids at Ocean Beach Park Tuesday.

The family had enjoyed the ride, but then something went wrong. As they were exciting the ride, they were all shocked by an electrical current.

"He just started screaming. He grabbed both sides of the fence and the current was just going through him," said Williams.

The shock happened when they held onto a metal guardrail.

"This was intense. It stuck me to the fence. It put me to my knees," said Williams.

Williams said they were all sent to the hospital and his son suffered electrical burns to his hands.

The park was immediately shut down following the incident.

An investigation by local and state officials determined the cause was due to a shorted lighting wire from a nearby ride.

The issue has since been fixed and the ride was re-opened.

The family said although the shock was brief, they are concerned of the longer-term emotional impacts it may have had on their children.

"My daughter refuses to touch anything metal. She's afraid that it's going to happen again," said Pepperman.

The family's lawyer Marty Weiss said a lawsuit may be necessary.

"We always like to avoid lawsuits. However, we're going to represent the family and the kids and we'll be making the appropriate claim to the proprietor of the amusement part," said Weiss.

Ocean Beach said in a statement that safety is their number one priority.

The rides are certified yearly and inspected every day.

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