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WKYT.COM ARCHIVES: Teen's Legs Severed on Superman Ride At Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (Update 2)

A ride at six flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville will remain closed today while the investigation continues into a horrific accident that cut off a girl's feet.

It happened on a ride called "The Superman Tower of Power." The ride takes passengers straight up nearly two hundred feet before free-falling about one hundred and fifty feet. Tt reaches speeds of over fifty miles-per-hour.

Park officials say the 13-year-old's feet were cut off at the ankle when the ride malfunctioned. However, they would not confirm that a cable snapped.

Associated Press Story
KY Officials Investigate Amusement Park

By BRETT BARROUQUERE
Associated Press Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Six Flags has shut down four thrill rides at parks around the country after a gruesome accident at an amusement park in Louisville.

A 13-year-old girl's feet were severed just above the ankles Thursday as she rode the Superman Tower of Power ride, park officials said. The ride lifts passengers 177 feet straight up, then drops 154 feet, reaching a speed of 54 mph, according to the park's Web site.

Investigators from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which inspects amusement park rides, returned to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom on Friday to examine the ride, said Bill Clary, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

The accident happened around 4:45 p.m., Six Flags spokeswoman Wendy Goldberg said. It was unclear at what point during the ride the girl was injured, Goldberg said.

The girl was taken to a hospital, but her name was not released and her condition was unavailable Friday morning.

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Six Flags, Cedar Fair shut down 9 thrill rides after accident

By BRETT BARROUQUERE
Associated Press Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Six Flags and another company shut down eight more thrill rides Friday around the country after a teenage girl had her feet chopped off at the ankle on a Superman Tower of Power.

State inspectors, meanwhile, returned to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom where the accident happened to examine the ride, which lifts passengers 177 feet straight up, then drops them nearly the same distance at speeds reaching 54 mph.

It was unclear at what point during the ride the 13-year-old was injured Thursday, said Wendy Goldberg, a Six Flags spokeswoman. The girl was taken to a hospital. She was not identified and details of her condition were not immediately available Friday.

Six Flags has shut down similar rides at parks in St. Louis, Gurnee, Ill., and near Washington as a safety precaution, Goldberg said. Six Flags Over Texas, near Dallas, also has a Superman Tower of Power, but it is not the same ride, Goldberg said.

There were no reports of injuries on the ride before Thursday, she said.

"Millions of people have safely ridden this ride in our parks," Goldberg said.

The accident led Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. to shut down and inspect drop tower rides at five of its amusement parks as a precaution, company spokeswoman Stacy Frole said.

"We're going to keep these things down until we're certain it's safe," Craig Ross, a spokesman for Cedar Fair said. "We'll wait and see."

Intamin AG, a Swiss company, made all the rides that were closed by both companies but did not supply all the parts, said Sandor Kernacs, president of the company's American operations, Intamin Ltd. in Glen Burnie, Md.

Kernacs blamed a broken cable for the accident and said his company did not supply the cable.

Bill Clary, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which inspects amusement park rides, said a cause hadn't been determined Friday afternoon.

"We're going to go where the evidence takes us," Clary said.

The five Cedar Fair rides that will be shut down are at Kings Island near Cincinnati; Canada's Wonderland, in Toronto; Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va.; Carowinds, in Charlotte, N.C.; and Great America in Santa Clara, Calif.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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