911 Tapes Released From Kentucky Kingdom Accident

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A man who called 911 after an amusement
park ride broke down and cut off a teenage girl's feet said the
accident appeared to have happened as the ride went up.
The man described seeing a cable from the Superman Tower of
Power ride wrap around Kaitlyn Lasitter's legs, according to 911
tapes from the night of June 21.
"I don't know exactly if it was a leg or a shoe, but I know she
is pretty badly injured, and it was a steel cable. The wire broke
on the way up, and they dropped it anyway. I guess the people
operating the ride didn't see it," the man said on tapes obtained
by WHAS-TV through an open records request.
The man was one of two callers who reported seeing a cable break
on the ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom on June 21, then seeing
the girl injured.
A second caller reported seeing Lasitter injured.
"One of the rides broke ... and the girl, it, it, it, it cut
her feet off," the caller said.
Lasitter, of Louisville, was taken to Vanderbilt University
Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., where doctors reattached her
right foot, according to a family statement released last week.
They were unable to save her left foot.
Lasitter's parents, Randall and Monique Lasitter, sued Six Flags
Kentucky Kingdom in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Thursday and
are asking a judge to order the park not to destroy the cable that
investigators believe tore off the girl's feet.
The lawsuit claims the park failed to maintain the equipment and
ensure riders' safety. Carolyn McLean, a spokeswoman for Kentucky
Kingdom, said she had not reviewed the lawsuit and declined to
comment Friday.
Attorneys Larry Franklin and Michael Hance, who represent the
Lasitter family, did not return phone and e-mail messages Friday.
Ted Sloan, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of
Agriculture, which inspects amusement park rides, said the
investigation into the accident is continuing.
The state has been trying to determine what caused the cable to
break. Investigators were taking written statements from witnesses,
reviewing statements and analyzing physical evidence and
photographs of the scene.
The ride lifts passengers 177 feet straight up, then drops them
nearly the same distance at speeds reaching 54 miles per hour.

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