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Crews Start Tearing Down Amusement Park Ride

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Crews began dismantling an amusement park
ride on Wednesday that amputated a teenager's feet last summer.
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom began taking down the Superman Tower of Power ride eight months after a cable snapped and cut off
14-year-old Kaitlyn Lasitter's feet.
Carolyn McLean, a spokeswoman for the amusement park, declined
to say what will become of the ride or if anything will go in its place when the park reopens in the spring.
"If weather cooperates the work should be completed in a few weeks," McLean said.
Lasitter and her family are suing Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, claiming the park failed to maintain the ride and equipment and ensure riders' safety. In court filings, the amusement park has denied liability in the accident.
Doctors reattached Kaitlyn's right foot, but she had to have some of her left leg amputated. Over the weekend, doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., removed 1 1/2 inches of bone from the end of Kaitlyn's left leg after the bone began pushing at the skin, family members have said.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which inspects amusement
park rides, is awaiting tests on a cable from the ride to determine what caused it to snap. Once the tests are complete, the Agriculture Department plans to release its findings about the accident.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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