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,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Apr 13, 2008 at 07:07 PM
    If society had any common sense this report would be the death of the theme park littlone others ownded by the same company. Now I know why I loved the rides when I was a kid but really dont care about them now. My jeeps safer because I control and maintain it.
  • by Jules Location: Lexington on Apr 13, 2008 at 11:27 AM
    Ok let me get this straight, a maintenance supervisor says the ride was NOT perform inspections on the ride? And the park is saying they are not liable? Who does the park think is liable, the guests that come to the park? Someone needs to make sure that the inspections are done - not just checked off on a piece of paper! That young lady is going to have to live with her injuries for the rest of her life all because we all trust that people are doing the jobs that they get paid to do.


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