Lawmakers Taking Action After Grisly Amusement Ride Accident

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers are taking steps aimed at improving the safety of amusement park rides in the wake of a grisly accident last year that severed the feet of a teenager at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville.

A Senate committee approved legislation on Thursday that bars anyone younger than 18 or anyone under the influence of alcohol from operating amusement rides.

The measure would also require amusement ride operators to perform self-inspections each day before opening for business.

---The legislation is Senate Bill 203.

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