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Six Flags Closes More Rides After Accident
CBS/AP ^ | 22 June 2007

Posted on 06/22/2007 7:11:48 PM PDT by Hal1950

13-Year-Old Girl Had Feet Chopped Off On Superman Ride; 8 More Rides Shut Down

Six Flags and another company shut down eight more thrill rides Friday around the country, including a ride at a North Carolina amusement park, 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.

Chris Williams, who witnessed the event, told CBS affiliate WLKY that riders saw the cable break as it got to the top on the right-hand side.

Treva Smith said it snapped again as the ride descended. "The people on the ride just came and hit the ground," Smith said.

Next, Williams said he saw the teen maimed. "As the ride came down, the wire swung left, struck the young lady on the back side of my children," Williams said.

Williams' daughter had traded seats with the 13-year-old, and was sitting on the other side of the ride.

Smith told WLKY she raced to the ride to find members of her group who had been on it.

"When I got up there, the lady, she was just sitting there and she didn’t have no legs," Smith said. "She didn’t have no legs at all. She was just calm, probably in shock from everything."

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1 posted on 06/22/2007 7:11:51 PM PDT by Hal1950
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To: Hal1950

A similar ride in Spain.

2 posted on 06/22/2007 7:13:40 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

HOLY Sh#t!!!

That nearly made me faint just looking at it!

With regard to the rides, we’ll probably find out the cables that broke were imported from China.


3 posted on 06/22/2007 7:16:38 PM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: FreedomCalls

My 8 year old son just went on a similar ride last week.. it is now closed down pending inspection.

I pray that they will somehow be able to reattach this poor girl’s feet.


4 posted on 06/22/2007 7:23:28 PM PDT by Reddy (VOTE CONSERVATIVE in '08!)
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To: FreedomCalls

Damn! That makes my stomach queasy just looking at it. I hate heights and fast rides. I couldn’t even stand the old wood-frame roller coasters from the 50’s. I was more of a carousel person. The wildest I ever got with amusement rides was the tilt-a-whirl and bumper cars.


5 posted on 06/22/2007 7:23:59 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: FreedomCalls

This is happening everywhere.


6 posted on 06/22/2007 7:24:36 PM PDT by x_plus_one (As long as we pretend to not be fighting Iran in Iraq, we can't pretend to win the war.)
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To: Hal1950

I realize that from a statistical standpoint these things have generally been very safe, but I have never seen the point of climbing into a seat or harness on a ride at an amusement park simply for the sake of some cheap thrills.


7 posted on 06/22/2007 7:26:36 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: Hal1950
“When I got up there, the lady, she was just sitting there and she didn’t have no legs,” Smith said. “She didn’t have no legs at all. She was just calm, probably in shock from everything.”

Fox had this story on this afternoon. They stated her legs were cut off and later said “cut off at the ankles.” Wouldn’t that mean her feet, not her legs, were cut off?

It does not make the accident any less tragic. However’ the story was a bit confusing.

8 posted on 06/22/2007 7:29:07 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Grizzled Bear
Plus, this guy refers to the victim as a "lady" and the article says that she is 13. Sounds to me like this isn't the most reliable of witnesses

That being said, what an unspeakable tragedy. Prayers for her and her doctors.

9 posted on 06/22/2007 7:32:04 PM PDT by SoftballMominVA (Never argue with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level and beat you with experience)
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To: Hal1950
Chris Williams, who witnessed the event, told CBS affiliate WLKY that riders saw the cable break as it got to the top on the right-hand side.

Next, Williams said he saw the teen maimed. "As the ride came down, the wire swung left, struck the young lady on the back side of my children," Williams said.

I guess in retrospect unrestrained exposed cables will be a serious design flaw.

10 posted on 06/22/2007 7:33:11 PM PDT by Pontiac (Patriotism is the natural consequence of having a free mind in a free society.)
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To: SoftballMominVA
Sounds to me like this isn’t the most reliable of witnesses...

The reporter on Fox said “Legs cut off at the ankles.”

Sounds to me like this witness is about as credible as your average reporter.

11 posted on 06/22/2007 7:34:20 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Hal1950
I rode the same ride at Knotts' Berry Farm last week, its called the Supreme Scream there. After that I stuck to the Ferris wheels and regular rides....and skipped the Silver Bullet.
12 posted on 06/22/2007 7:37:43 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: x_plus_one

This is happening everywhere.

In Mogolia? Sumatra? Link.


13 posted on 06/22/2007 7:45:57 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A big ox, a small ditch, a big load and a hot day--well, you can see the problem.)
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To: Hal1950

Kennywood Park, near Pittsburgh, closed “the Pitt Fall” ride today for inspection. It has since re-opened.


14 posted on 06/22/2007 8:08:20 PM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: Hal1950

I think the Six Flags Over Texas ride called the Cliffhanger was the same as this one. The first time I rode it, when the platform we were on finally arrived at its highest point, I remember being terrified and thinking, this is insane.

The dump was triggered and away we went. It was breathtaking, to say the least. Then, like an idiot, I got back in line to do it again. When the platform got to the top again, the same terror returned and I thought, what the hell am I doing? The dump was triggered and away we went.

Only this time, as I left the ride, I said, “I’m never going to do that again.” And I never did.


15 posted on 06/22/2007 8:20:42 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: FreedomCalls
Looks like a scary ride. That is awful what happened to that girl.
16 posted on 06/22/2007 8:35:17 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: gcruse

Six Flags has re-themed some of its rides. The rides didn’t change but the names and artwork did.


17 posted on 06/22/2007 8:37:17 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Grizzled Bear
Smith said. "She didn’t have no legs at all

You're right, this story is confusing. This is the second witness who I know of that has said she didn't have any legs. The other was a young teenaged girl I saw on the news. She repeated twice that the girl didn't have any legs. Horrible.

18 posted on 06/22/2007 8:42:51 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Grizzled Bear

“When I got up there, the lady, she was just sitting there and she didn’t have no legs,” Smith said. “She didn’t have no legs at all. She was just calm, probably in shock from everything.”

i’m sorry but doesn’t that mean she DID have legs? when two negatives are combined... when is the public school system going to start teaching people how to speak??


19 posted on 06/22/2007 8:51:25 PM PDT by zwerni (it's the end of the world as we know it...)
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To: gcruse

Similar, but they have another ride besides the cliffhanger called Superman Tower of Power. It is much smoother than the Cliffhanger and it is even higher than the orange tower that you can go up on.

I can’t believe that I let my 11 year old ride this a couple months ago. No more of that.


20 posted on 06/22/2007 8:54:45 PM PDT by shattered
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To: Pontiac

The exposed look was probably intended to make the ride seem more daring. Nobody figured that one of those honkin cables would actually break and whip about.


22 posted on 06/22/2007 10:11:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: gcruse

I have a friend in Las Vegas whose daughter convinced him to go on the Stratosphere X-Scream ( http://tinyurl.com/yonarl ). I asked him what it was like and he replied “I wanted to die”.

He says he now carries a broken rusted bolt in his pocket and whenever he finds himself in a similar circumstance, he quietly drops it on the ground and then “notices” it loudly and with great fanfare. :-)


23 posted on 06/22/2007 10:20:09 PM PDT by poindexters brother
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To: Hal1950
I've ALWAYS hated those rides. That's one reason we never our took our kids to those amusement parks. Even smaller rides are deadly. A young man died after falling from a ride at a fair we had our Parish a couple of years ago. Usually I'm at the Fair, running the Outdoor Grille, but my daughter and I had gone to a concert that afternoon, and a good friend, who also happened to be a Trauma Nurse was running the booth. As soon as the accident happened, she ran to the scene, but she said it was obvious the poor guy had died in the fall.

It was determined that he got into a car that had been closed, because the locking mechanism was faulty, but the attendant didn't see him get into it before the ride started up. It was sad, he was from a group home for the developmentally disabled, and he and his friends all came to the Fair every year and loved the rides. Amazingly, his family did not sue the Parish, because they knew that it was not the Parish's fault in any way. I don't remember if they sued the carnival owner, but it had been known by the kids that that particular car was defective. Unfortunately, the young man wasn't aware of it.

24 posted on 06/22/2007 10:24:48 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: KoRn
... we’ll probably find out the cables that broke were imported from China.

Good point.

25 posted on 06/22/2007 10:27:06 PM PDT by GOPJ (Banks must print illegal counterfeit to make profit? Kennedy/Bush would try to make it legal.)
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To: Hal1950

Just take a look at who actually runs the rides - lots of underachiever types, reeferheads, etc.


26 posted on 06/22/2007 10:39:01 PM PDT by HitmanLV ("Lord, give me chastity and temperance, but not now." - St. Augustine)
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To: Hal1950
I always thought it was a myth that snapping cables could sever limbs. I guess mythbusters better redo this one!
27 posted on 06/22/2007 10:41:57 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: Hal1950

Her’s an interesting reaction to a distressed child on one of these rides

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzS-OdWVpHo


28 posted on 06/22/2007 10:43:34 PM PDT by Krankor (kROGER)
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To: Krankor

OMG!! That is awful!


29 posted on 06/22/2007 10:46:20 PM PDT by DrewsMum (If con is the opposite of pro, then wouldn't CONgress be the opposite of PROgress?..I'm just sayin..)
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To: KoRn
With regard to the rides, we’ll probably find out the cables that broke were imported from China.

Why do you say that?

30 posted on 06/22/2007 10:48:14 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Nappy is the new N-word.)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
The other was a young teenaged girl I saw on the news. She repeated twice that the girl didn't have any legs. Horrible.

When these things happen you have more witnesses than there were actaul people present. There didn't see anything, but love to talk to reporter.

And, they tend to tell there stories with double negatives. :)

31 posted on 06/22/2007 10:53:02 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Nappy is the new N-word.)
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To: x_plus_one

uhhhh....what?


32 posted on 06/22/2007 10:54:58 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: toothfairy86

Kennywood Park, near Pittsburgh,

I have been there a few times. A good time for sure.


33 posted on 06/22/2007 10:58:40 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: SuziQ

Years ago my husband and brother got into the Enterprise at Great Adventure, and the locking mechanism on the door was not working. They actually started up the ride and took two whirls around with my family yelling their heads off.

I also know of someone who was on one of those wild roller coasters and ended up with some kind of stroke. That kind of thing doesn’t make the papers.


34 posted on 06/22/2007 11:00:18 PM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: miliantnutcase

At Disney a while ago some kind of snapping cable hit a woman in the head and killed her.


35 posted on 06/22/2007 11:02:13 PM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: HitmanLV

nice generalization...do you really believe ( lots of underachiever types, reeferheads, etc.) are in charge of these rides??? you dont think they go thru numerous inspections??....and by the way I just rode this ride 2 week-ends ago at Six Flags Gurnee,Il

no problem. maybe I was lucky the “reeferheads or under-achievers were’nt there huh?


36 posted on 06/22/2007 11:04:05 PM PDT by justkillingtime
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To: Krankor

I lol at that one, but I felt like I shouldn’t have. hehehe.


37 posted on 06/22/2007 11:07:22 PM PDT by CollegeRepublican
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To: Hal1950

I love the local fairs. But even our little scary rides used to make me scared because they looked like they were held together with big bobby pins.


38 posted on 06/22/2007 11:08:51 PM PDT by therut
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

No, I happened to see the girl interviewed on TV. She said the victim had “no legs” and she was crying. I don’t care if she used a double negative or not (which she didn’t), she was there, I’ll take her word for it.


39 posted on 06/22/2007 11:30:56 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: justkillingtime

The folks who actually operate the equipment every day aren’t there because they paid a lot of attention in high school. Not the best & the brightest. In most cases it’s no big deal. I wouldn’t put my life in their hands, if it’s about how diligently they did their job that day, that hour, and that minute.


40 posted on 06/23/2007 12:29:27 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("Lord, give me chastity and temperance, but not now." - St. Augustine)
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To: KoRn; FreedomCalls
How about this ride at the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, where you are dangled almost 1,000 feet in the air, and spun around at about 40 mph.

Also on this tower, is a ride where you go on a roller-coaster type car, and get sent downward simulating a free fall. On this ride, after one of the trips down, it slowly starts to go back up, and then abruptly starts going down again, to make it feel like the car has lost control and you are about to fall off.


41 posted on 06/23/2007 12:53:30 AM PDT by hawkeye101 (Liberalism IS a mental disorder. It can only be cured by large doses of common sense and the truth.)
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To: hawkeye101

Yikes... A picture of true insanity !!


42 posted on 06/23/2007 1:18:51 AM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: zwerni
i’m sorry but doesn’t that mean she DID have legs? when two negatives are combined... when is the public school system going to start teaching people how to speak??

Yes. At least that's what we were told thirty five years ago. Sometimes with a ruler to the head. As expensive as it is for them not to teach, I'd hate to see the bill if they were to start.

43 posted on 06/23/2007 1:58:04 AM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: Hal1950

“...which lifts passengers 177 feet straight up, then drops them nearly the same distance at speeds reaching 54 mph.”

Many decades ago, they had something very much like this at Coney Island; quite a thrill in its day.


44 posted on 06/23/2007 4:11:32 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: FreedomCalls
Fortunately, there has been so much progress with prosthetics, she will be able to walk again.
45 posted on 06/23/2007 6:54:43 AM PDT by GAB-1955 (being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Kingdom of Heaven....)
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To: I still care
At Disney a while ago some kind of snapping cable hit a woman in the head and killed her.

I'm assuming that's what cut off this girl's feet. Steel cables under tension are deadly when they snap.

46 posted on 06/23/2007 7:02:18 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

How do you knw she saw it?


47 posted on 06/23/2007 9:26:35 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Nappy is the new N-word.)
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To: Grizzled Bear
“When I got up there, the lady, she was just sitting there and she didn’t have no legs,” Smith said. “She didn’t have no legs at all. She was just calm, probably in shock from everything.”

Boo Been Shot!

48 posted on 06/23/2007 9:30:02 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Nappy is the new N-word.)
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To: FreedomCalls
A similar ride in Spain.

My first response to that picture was, out loud, "Oh no. Hell no."

I hope the girl recovers well. What an unimaginable thing to happen.

49 posted on 06/23/2007 9:35:52 AM PDT by radiohead
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
Boo Been Shot!

Oh, lord. My people, my people... I have tears in my eyes.

50 posted on 06/23/2007 9:43:01 AM PDT by radiohead
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