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Six Flags, Cedar Fair Shut Down 9 Thrill Rides After Accident

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.

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