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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  • by Jennayyyy Location: CA on Jun 3, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Wow. This is really shocking. I am going to Darien Lake soon, and I will not be riding the well renowned "Superman." This is a really scary ride, and this horrific accident proves how dangerous that this could be. Rides that free fall you shouldn't be fully trusted. I believe that you are at your own risk. Thank you for your time.
  • by mimi Location: ohio on Jun 30, 2008 at 04:30 PM
    john wat if that happende to u yo parents wouldnt sue shows how good your parents an like it was her fault so just shut yo mouth
  • by Ron Location: CA on May 18, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    Has anyone heard how she turned out after her hospital stay? Is she doing OK and back in school? Is she walking with a prosthetic ankle/leg?
  • by kristal Location: ohio on Apr 24, 2008 at 11:02 AM
    omg that was sad
  • by ese criminal Location: california on Mar 26, 2008 at 09:21 PM
    the cable broke you think she wanted this to happen as a joke or something she woke up sayin todays the day i get injured in the superman i kant wait!!!no so shut up
  • by john Location: iraq on Jan 18, 2008 at 09:05 PM
    why sue did they make her ride it.....didnt thank so
  • by sarah Location: 40037 on Jan 10, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    i hope that girl is good and i hope she gets better and i hope her parents will suee them for all there worth well i hope u do good girl
  • by Melissa Location: Flat Gap , Ky on Dec 30, 2007 at 07:35 AM
    Eric, from LA...Suing Six Flags is not the answer, and shows the sorry state of our society! Are you NUTS? This child has NO FEET, this family has Medical Bills up the yen yang and there lives are forever changed because of a RUSTY CABLE! If this were your child...you would sue! Anyone in there RIGHT MIND WOULD!
  • by Eric Location: Los Angeles on Dec 21, 2007 at 12:37 AM
    Last time I checked "accidents" weren't against the law. If you folks think Six Flags was intending to injury this young lady then you're sorely mistaken and naive. This was a tragic, misfortune, but the fact remains that ride accidents at Six Flags and amusement parks in general are extremely rare. Suing Six Flags unless they are found to be negligent is not the answer and just shows the sorry state of our society and their inability to acknowledge that life has risks and accidents happen. If some of you are parents and you feel like suing the hell out of Six Flags, then maybe you should just lock your children up in a room with padded walls.
  • by Ride Op Location: Kentucky on Dec 20, 2007 at 05:28 PM
    Something cannot be prevented. The news media makes everything look ten times as worst as it really is. They twist people's words around. If you have never worked in an amusement park you will never know the amount of safety checklist maintenances and ride operators go through on a daily basis. Rides are inspected every single day up and down. Sometimes freak accidents happen and cannot be prevented. I'm not saying that this girl doesn't deserve to be compensated but all the negative media makes it look worst then it really is and makes this amusement park look like a three-ring circus. To John who wrote about a ride being loose and not built well. You have know idea how much thought goes into building and maintaining the rides, therefore just because you think a ride is loose and unsafe doesn't mean you are correct. No matter how much the money this girl gets once the trail is over they will get the money right back after suing the media for the lies and false accusations they made.

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