LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A 13-year-old girl whose feet were severed in an accident on an amusement park ride is in stable condition in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital, her family said in a written statement Tuesday.
The family of Kaitlyn Lasitter issued the statement through Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her name had not previously been released by officials.
Lasitter was riding the Superman Tower of Power ride Thursday at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville when a cable broke loose on the ride, cutting off the girl's feet above the ankles. Bill Clary, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which inspects amusement park rides, said Tuesday the incident remains under investigation.
"The parents of Kaitlyn Lasitter would like to acknowledge everyone across the country that have been supporting their daughter with many positive thoughts and prayers over the last six days," the statement said.
The statement, the first issued since Thursday's accident, did not give the parents' names or hometown. It also included a plea for privacy for the family.
The family's statement said no one from the theme park had contacted them since the accident.
Wendy Goldberg, a spokeswoman for Six Flags in New York, said two representatives from Kentucky Kingdom went to the hospital following the accident and stayed for "some time" before the Lasitter family asked them to leave. Goldberg would not elaborate on who the representatives from the park who traveled to the hospital were.
"We are deeply saddened by this incident and of course have genuine concern for the well-being of the entire family. We stand ready to be of any assistance we possibly can," said Kentucky Kingdom spokeswoman Carolyn McClean.
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. Those rides remained closed Tuesday.
"The rides are closed while we conduct a rigorous safety inspection," Goldberg said Tuesday.
She said Six Flags Over Texas, near Dallas, also has a Superman Tower of Power, but it is not the same ride.
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. of Sandusky, Ohio, also shut down drop tower rides at five of its amusement parks for inspection.
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