Posted Thursday, June 21, 2007 11:07 PM | Contributed by KICoasterDude
Police confirmed that a 13-year-old girl's feet have been cut off at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Officials said they got the call around 5 p.m. Thursday and both her feet were detached at the ankle. Eyewitnesses say the cable of the drop tower broke and struck the child.
Read more from WLKY/Louisville via MSNBC.
Also why isnt there some kind of emergency stop on the ride that stops the ride when a cable breaks?
I've never really be concerned with the descent on such a drop ride; I've always been more worried about the ascent. It seems there's much more opportunity for failure during the ascent.
Was this an Intamin freefall tower? Any information about similar rides throughout the industry being shut down?
The question is, and you could apply this to S&S towers or Intamin launchers or cable lift rides, what happens when that cable under tension suddenly breaks and snaps? It has to go somewhere. If the results on Kingda Ka's incident are any indication, I'd hate to be in the path of those things.
I wonder what options even exist for protecting passengers on such a ride from a broken cable. This incident is rather sobering, I think, especially considering the severity. :(
Ironic that this happened after they changed it's name.
On a side note, didn't Mythbusters 'bust' a myth that claimed that a cable in tension, if snapped, can cut a person in half? If I recall correctly, they couldn't seem to even cut the pig carcass at all.
Also I think it was more of pulled her feet off not cut them off.*** This post was edited by majortom1981 6/21/2007 11:44:08 PM ***
Of course, I have no idea and no more information than anyone else. But I can hope.
Of course, I'm far from an expert.
My thoughts and prayers go out to that girl. I really hope she makes a speedy recovery.
Besides the death of a person on a ride, this has to be the most horrific accident I have heard of in recent memory.
As others have said, it makes you wonder about other rides that rely on cables to move vehicles (or trains).
I am now thinking about the Deja-Vu coasters. That coaster strictly depends on cables and catch wagons to move the train. You can visibly see the cable pulling the train up the first tower. If that cable snapped, I could imagine alot of injuries.
Tragic event. I hope for the best for the young girl.
I'm wondering if the cable was moving with such force as to severe the feet in that way or if they wrapped around her feet and cut/pulled the feet off as the car was descending.
Does Intamin even have a worst case scenario that involves this type of accident? How could anyone even think of this type of incident ever taking place?
This will probably shutdown the their (Intamin) freefall towers until further notice, or at least it should. If this happened now, it will, or could happen again.
Does anyone know what backup system MF has if that cable breaks? My thoughts and prayers go out to the girl and her family.
Also, "I thought S&S Towers were entirely pneumatic?"
Not really sure what your asking, but I'm pretty sure it is cables, which are pulled up and down with pneumatics.
Thanks for clarifying on the cables NascarLvr, it's appreciated.
This is just a freak accident, and I'm not sure if we will ever know definitively what happened.
This is really sad. I can't even imagine me being on S:TOP and this happening. Just think, you are 150+ft. in the air and suddenly a cable raps around you! And I ride this all the time, SFKK and HW are my home parks. I'm afraid we may be seeing a removal of a great ride from a bad rep. and large lawsuit. SFKK was doing so well this year too........
Could this possibly happen on the 3rd Generation Intamin Freefalls? I always wondered why the seats were moved out so far from the actual tower, maybe this was a safety precaution?
Well, my prayers go out to that girl and her family, I deeply hope they can reattach her legs and she can once again live a normal life.
I just got home, we left the park at 6pm, I was on the ride 2 times around 4pm. We knew something happened but I was hoping not to believe the rumors.
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