Girl lost feet at amusement park

Girl's feet cut off in amusement rideBy Brett Barrouquere

Louisville - Six Flags and another amusement park company shut down eight more thrill rides on Friday around the US 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 54 metres straight up, then drops them nearly the same distance at speeds reaching 87kph.

It was unclear at what point during the ride the 13-year-old was injured on Thursday, said Wendy Goldberg, a Six Flags spokesperson.

The girl was taken to a hospital. She was not identified and details of her condition were not immediately available on Friday.

Six Flags has shut down similar rides at parks in St. Louis, Gurnee, Illinois, 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 to shut down and inspect drop tower rides at five of its amusement parks as a precaution, company spokesperson Stacy Frole said.

Intamin, a Swiss company, made all the rides that were closed by both companies, said Craig Ross, a spokesperson for Cedar Fair.

"We're going to keep these things down until we're certain it's safe," Ross said. "We'll wait and see."

An email message sent to Intamin was not immediately returned on Friday.

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, Virginia; Carowinds, in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Great America in Santa Clara, California.

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See kids, that's why you should always have your feet inside the ride at all times.

All joking aside, I hope that girl is alright.
Who knows? She could have had her feet dangling out from the sides or something. I don't know what the ride looks like, so I don't even know if that is even possible.
On the plus side, those kangaroo feet you can get? she could be an olympic record holder for speed soon.
What exactly happened to her feet? Can you imaging unpacking a backpack or something after a day at the park and finding some feet?
That is horrible. Poor thing. My heart goes out to her.

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