Teenage girl injured at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Police confirmed that a 13-year-old girl lost her feet after an accident on the Superman Tower of Power free-fall ride at Six Flags' Kentucky Kingdom, in Louisville.
Officials said they got the call around 5 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses said a cable snapped and struck the girl at the ankles.
[Sorry for the editor's typos in an earlier version. Now updated with more detail. Accident also listed on the TPI Accident Watch. - Ed.]
This is tragic news. My thoughts & prayers go out to this young girl & her family.
This is terrible...I wish the best for her family to stay strong during this difficult time and I hope that the girl makes the best possible recovery from this unfortunate accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
Kings Island has closed Drop Zone, which is the same ride system as the Louisville ride. Look for other parks to do the same as the investigation into what caused the accident (design flaw or maintenance failure?) continues.
I was on the same ride yesterday at Six Flags New England and it's chilling to think that I could have been that girl. My prayers are with her.
While it is terrible that this happened. I am glad to hear they are going to do complete inspections on similar drop rides.
I was there yesterday when it happend but I was at the other end of the park.
Here's what seems to me to be the possibilities:
I'm curious as to how this accident was caused. It seems so strange that her feet just got severed like *that*. This story has been so mysterious. I'm wondering if she did anything to cause it herself. Not to put her to blame but it's something to think about. However, I am not trying to convey that I feel it is her fault. Not at all. But it is a possibility. If it was really her fault, the park and the ride itself should not be to blame. Again this IS NOT TO SAY this was the case. We don't know whether it was mechanical failure or horseplay or anything else. In any case, this was an unfortunate accident, and I hope her family is doing okay and that she recovers well.
That's horrible! I'm glad I'm too chicken to ride those things. But ya know, KKa had a cable snap on the take off too didn't it that sent metal shards or something from the cable into the air? That's terrible, they should take better care of their rides & inspect them more thoroughly. Don't the ride manufatureres have recommendations on when they should be inspected, like bungee cords after so many jumps?
It really is impossible for the rider in this situation to have done something that caused the accident, s a. If there was anything there she could have interfered with, that's an issue the park needs to address.
Here in town a man was decapitated by a guide wire cable on a telephone pole. The pole was being worked on and the cable snapped causing it to loose all the tension. His head came off just below the shoulders. These things happen when the cables are not maintained, and it seems like the cables on these rides and rides like it at Carowinds, Kings island, and other parks are exposed to the elments where on rides like Dr. Doom and even the tower at Cypress Gardens are enclosed. Granted, these cables have the potential to snap right through any protection. One thing I want to know, where at on the ride was she? Was she in the air? Did the brakes kick on?
They just interviewed the park manager and he said that thier matinence crew still does not know why the cable snaped,
Thankfully "drop towers" have a breaking system that isn't powered (it's a magnetic induction system), so as long as the car doesn't become detached it always works, planned drop or not.
This is very unfortunate and I wish the girl a full and speedy recovery. How come these rides don't have the cables more concealed? There must be a way to design the ride with the cables on the inside of the main structure.
I think on some drop towers they are encased....Dr. Doom at IOA is one example....pretty sure of it.
Im no engineer in the least, but I wouldnt think it would be a design flaw. With these rides operating for so many years and having given hundreds of millions of people rides you would think a design defect would show up sooner than this.
TOT is not the same thing! In fact, you are being pulled down faster to pull you out of your seats better. Still, the ride has had some malfuctions, but nothing as serious as this incident.
IT WAS NOT A 16-YEAR OLD IT WAS A 13-YEAR OLD UNFORTUNATLEY.
yea its a 13 year old girl, and I was watching the news and they said that cedar fair has closed down 5 of thier thrill rides becuase of this incident, and six flags has closed down I think 8 of thier thrill rides.
Intamin says they haven't provided replacement cable for this ride since it opened, so I guess SFKK was using some other vendor. I hope the fault lies there...
I'm in my third year of mechanical engineering, and we've had several courses in which the sole purpose is material inspection. This includes tensile tests, compression tests, etc. We've also had several courses regarding safety. These courses delve into something called a Safety Factor. Any machinery exposed to the general public must have a Safety Factor of around 4 or higher, ESPECIALLY parts used in, say, theme park attractions.
Yet another injury on roller coasters.
I beilieve that the family should be entitled to a large sum of money by suing. This money should be used in helping pay medical bills, and other expences such as therapy for the girl, because it is gonna take a long time for her to recover from such a traumatic injury to her body. i know a little more than enough will be awarded to her and her family, but it can help her to a quicker more significant recovery. Money cant make everything better but it can make it easier for all of them!!
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