State Seeking Independent Testing Of Broken Cable

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky amusement park ride inspectors are looking for an outside laboratory to inspect a cable that malfunctioned, cutting off a teenage girl's feet last month.

Wilbur Frye, executive director of the office of Consumer and Environmental Protection, said having the cable tested is "the next logical step" in the investigation into what went wrong on June 21. Investigators said the cable on the Superman Tower of Power ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom snapped, amputating the feet of 13-year-old Kaitlyn Lasitter of Louisville.

Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., reattached the girl's right foot, but were unable to save the left foot. She was released from the hospital July 14.

Lasitter's parents, Randall and Monique Lasitter, sued Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Jefferson County Circuit Court earlier this month. They are asking a judge to order the park not to destroy the cable that investigators believe tore off the girl's feet.

The ride lifts passengers 177 feet straight up, then drops them nearly the same distance at speeds reaching 54 mph. The accident caused Six Flags to shut down similar rides at parks in several states.

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