Thrill Ride That Severed Girl's Feet Still Shut Down

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A thrill ride remains shut down at four
Six Flags locations around the country as investigators in Kentucky
review evidence and witness statements from an accident that
resulted in a teenager's feet being sheared off.
Investigators have completed the investigation at Six Flags
Kentucky Kingdom and are now going over the evidence and witness
accounts, said Ted Sloan, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department
of Agriculture, which inspects amusement park rides.
"We're trying to determine what happened and why it happened,"
Sloan said Monday.
A cable broke loose Thursday on the Superman Tower of Power
ride, striking a 13-year-old girl in the legs, officials have said.
Sloan said there's been no determination on what caused the cable
to break.
Sloan was unsure if investigators had interviewed the girl or
her family.
The ride passed inspection in each of the last four years
according to inspection records. The ride lifts passengers 177 feet
straight up, then drops them nearly the same distance at speeds
reaching 54 miles per hour.
Six Flags shut down similar rides at parks in St. Louis; Gurnee,
Illinois; and near Washington as a safety precaution, Goldberg
said. She said Six Flags Over Texas, near Dallas, also has a
Superman Tower of Power, but it is not the same ride. Those rides
remained shut down on Monday, said Wendy Goldberg, a spokeswoman
for Six Flags.
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. of Sandusky, Ohio, also shut down
drop tower rides at five of its amusement parks for inspection. A
call to Cedar Fair Entertainment was not immediately returned
Monday.

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