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Roseville woman files lawsuit against Erebus after falling at facility

A Roseville woman has filed a lawsuit against Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac, alleging that she suffered multiple bone fractures there last year when a moving wall knocked her down.

Sherri Turner filed suit against Erebus Haunted Attractions, Erebus Entertainment, Erebus House and Edward Terebus. She said she was at the business, 18 Perry St. in Pontiac, on Oct. 28, 2014, when she “was caused to slip and fall as a result of a dangerous and/or defective condition … a moving wall that knocked her down on a poorly lit floor/aisleway which was in a dark, unlit location on the premises with inadequate lighting.”

Turner suffered severe fractures to her left leg, a soft tissue injury to her back and spine and other injuries.

Erebus owner Jim Terebus said he could not comment specifically on the lawsuit but the facility is safe.

We run a safe operation and we’ve run it for a long time,” Terebus said.

“We’ve been here for 16 years now.”

Operation of the haunted house “constituted both a defective and unsafe premise as well as a nuisance,” the lawsuit states. It has “resulted in a large and unreasonable number of injuries to patrons, including (Turner), by the unsafe operating conditions in the haunted house operations including negligence by its employees in moving walls, inadequate floor lighting and operating other unsafe conditions on the premise resulting in multiple injuries to (Turner) and its other patrons and invitees constituting a nuisance.”

Turner seeks a judgment in excess of $25,000. The case has been assigned to Oakland Circuit Judge Denise Langford Morris.

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