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Woman claims she broke her ankle on new L.A. skyscraper slide

A member of the media takes a four-second ride on the Skyslide, 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles at the U.S. Bank Tower.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

A woman claims in a lawsuit that she suffered a broken ankle on a recently opened glass-enclosed slide attached to the exterior of a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday against building owner OUE Skyspace LLC and a concession company claims negligence, City News Service reported.

Gayle Yashar, 57, and her husband, Morty Yashar, of Woodmere, New York, seek unspecified damages.

The Skyslide opened last month as part of a renovation of the 72-story U.S. Bank Tower. The slide spans 45 feet from the 70th floor to the 69th.

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The lawsuit says the design doesn’t allow the rider to slow down enough before reaching the end, and a stack of mats in the run-out area creates a gap that traps riders’ feet.

Responding to an Associated Press email seeking comment, a public relations representative said the company was informed about the lawsuit and it would be reviewed by a legal team.

The slide offers riders the thrill -- or scare -- of launching out the side of the skyscraper about 1,000 feet above the ground, contained in a square tube made of 1-inch-thick glass.

The slide ends on a new open-air observation deck one floor below.

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Admission to the observation deck is $25. The slide costs an additional $8.

Skyslide is part of a $50-million renovation that includes the deck, a bar and a 360-degree restaurant, 71Above, that opens Friday.

On a clear day, the tower provides panoramic views that extend across the metropolitan region to Santa Catalina Island more than 20 miles offshore and to the mountain peaks that form the backdrop of Los Angeles.

“The Skyslide boasts a safe, thrilling experience unlike any other in the world,” Lucy Rumantir, head of U.S. operations for the building owner, said in a statement earlier this year.

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