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.
How do you have that kind of injury and not bleed much?
And I know this sounds gruesome but... What happened to the feet?
Did they just fall to the ground?
Sad day this is. My heart goes out to the family and friends of this young girl and to those who witnessed this horrific accident.
To Jeffrey R Smith: It's the same ride, they just renamed/themed it.
After personally operating the ride before, the thought of this happening is sickening. The location of the ride as well as the set up of the rider line and operator controls means almost maximum visibility to the incident. This really is one of the most horrific rider accidents I've heard about, and to have it happen on a ride I once rode religiously and operated is terrible. To adress the brake questions, that part of the ride system is completely magnetic. Much like you'd find on Acrophobia or others, there are no cables that aid in stoping. There are e-stops on the ride but they can only be used when the computers are in control. Once the car releases (either from normal operations or in this case a cable snap) sad to say, there is really nothing an operator can do until the car is down. Louisville does have a very good medical treatment centers (the first successful full hand transplants were performed here) but I don't know if anything can really be done, the achiles tendon most likely was affected and may not be able to be fixed (no tendon, no ability to walk). I hope this can be fixed but as stated above, 150 ft drop cannot be good for anything trying to be reattached. I rarely pray, but this girl and her family, as well as the many witnesses need all of our prayers tonight. As horrible as this sounds as a news story, I can't even imagine how traumatizing it was for the girl and her family, the people around her in the same ride vehicle, the ride operators who up until this point have only heard gruesome stories on the news, and the many people in line and at the entrance to the park. My sincerest condolences go out to all of these individuals and I hope and pray that no one ever has to experience an incident like this at any amuesment park.
No, but it is the one from Astroworld.
Actually, the drop tower from Astroworld was relocated to SFSTl which also has the same name now of Superman Tower of Power.
As far as I know, the SFKK drop tower (Hellavator, now Superman) is an original installation.
---to add one thing though, I don't think the people hit the ground as one of the eyewitnesses said, even if all the cables snapped, the brakes would not have been affected. (I think this was mentioned above too)
*** This post was edited by Willh51 6/22/2007 4:33:04 AM ***
"'Is their any cable attached to the bottom of the carriage as well like Power Tower, I've never inspected closely enough.'
No, the actual carriage is completely free once it leaves the catch car, with only gravity pulling it down."
Actually, that isn't the case for Power Tower. The passenger car is always connected to cables, and they run on pulleys up and down as the cart moves up and down the tower. There is no catch car, and the ride provides a slight thrust downward instead of letting you freefall.
Granted, this is all speculation, but, I don't think it's possible for the cable to have done this under tension, as I do not believe there is enough 'slack' in the system to allow the cable to extend to a point where a rider's legs would been reachable.
I truly feel sorry for this girl. My thoughts and prayers to her and her family.
Edit for typo.*** This post was edited by SVLFever 6/22/2007 8:48:20 AM ***
I can't imagine how I'd feel if i'd witness something like that, much less clean it up, so my best wishes also go the park and staff.
My prayers go out to the young girl and her family, no one should have have to have a fun trip to an amusement park turn into possibly the worst day of their life.
This is really one freak accident, the fact that the cable broke, and somehow managed to get tangled around someones feet has to be a one in a million chance. Its easy to look backward at the design, but why was the cable exposed and not tucked?
It is really sad this happened. If you think about it though, TONS of rides use cables to propel the ride vehicles. So, this could happen on any number of rides. S&S towers, S&S swings, accelerators, cable lifts, etc... Then again, there are literally hundreds of things that could go wrong on any ride installation if you really stop to think about it.
I've never ridden this type of Intamin tower because they always freaked me out. They just look scary. I know for the most part, they're as safe as any other ride out there, but they still just look/sound scary.
I could be totally wrong but do you think that S&S designed that in the event of a cable snap so that the cable would drop "over and in front of" the riders rather than on them?
Total speculation but I suppose it's possible.
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