Supervisor Says Repair Rules Ignored On Ride That Injured Teen

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A maintenance supervisor for a Louisville amusement park said workers did not follow several of the ride
manufacturer's instructions for handling a cable that snapped and severed the feet of a teenager last summer.

John Schmidt, the park's ride-maintenance manager since 1999, said in a deposition in November that technicians for the theme park never performed a hands-on inspection before the accident on any of the 10 cables on the Superman Tower of Power ride.

Cables on the ride snapped on June 21, shearing off the legs of 14-year-old Kaitlyn Lasitter of Louisville. Doctors reattached Kaitlyn's right foot, but she had to have some of her left leg amputated and subsequent surgeries.

Lasitter and her family are suing Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. In court filings, the amusement park has denied liability in the accident.

Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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