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.
After reading the witness stories again, I can't help but to think the cable must have wrapped itself around the girls legs. If other people did get hit by it but were not injured (or not seriously enough to need medical attention from another source other than on-site EMTs), then it makes more sense that the cable wasn't moving fast enough from the snap (wherever it occured) to clear cut through the girls legs.
isn't Disney's track record even worse??
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I have always been nervous about Intamin Rockets and the proximity of the cable to spectators and (unavoidable) riders. Anyone think it is time to re-evaluate the safety of those rides?
Please point me to the stories about the various theme parks that have had maintenance cutbacks this year.
Something tells me you won't find any. Theme parks learned that they should never cut back on maintenance because if they did and something happened, they would have a fiasco on their hands like Disney did with Big Thunder Railroad. Unless it comes out in the media that Kentucky Kingdom was not properly maintaining this ride, I don't think you should be speculating that maintenance is an issue, especially stating an opinion that can't be backed up with any facts as a fact.
So even the 3rd-gens (PKI, PKD) are closed. PGA, PCar, PCW have 2nd-gens.
"Drop Zone at Canada's Wonderland is closed and will remain that way until an investigation into an accident on a similar ride in the US can be compeleted. On the Superman Tower Of Power at a Six Flags park earlier this week, a teenage girl had both her feet severed while riding. We want to make it clear that there was no accident or injury at Canada's Wonderland, but on a similar ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in the US, and Drop Zone is only closed as a precaution."
When I got home tonight, I had a message from a friend asking if I'd heard about the girl who got her feet cut off on the Superman Ride at Wonderland. Gotta love how people listen to the news!
BTW: Canada's Wonderland's Drop Zone is the same as the one at SFKK, only 230 ft tall instead of 175.
Kennywood indeed has a second generation drop tower. Local news reported today that the park closed the ride for a closer inspection of the cables, and reopened it by mid-afternoon.
It's just so tragic and it almost brought me to tears a few times. It turns me stomach to read this. Poor 13 year old girl.
Yesterday I wanted to go off and start blaming SF. I still want to. They own the park. They are responsible for inspecting their rides and making sure that they are safe. Freak accidents do happen though, and just maybe it's no ones fault.
I was going to visit SFKK for the first time in my life this summer. I am having second thoughts. Maybe it's not because I blame the park, maybe it's because I am so disturbed by such a vulgar thing happing to a young girl that I can't bring myself to go.
What about the 2nd gen drop towers?
What type of seating layout does a 2nd gen drop tower have?
I think these cables on the Intamin 3rd gen drop towers are about an inch in diameter. I have a hard time believing that the cables on a 3rd gen drop tower could "wrap" around a persons legs. Impossible? .... no ..... but the probablilty is pretty small. You would think that, at least on a 3rd gen drop tower, a person or persons would have upper body injuries, of some sort, from the cable dropping from above and hitting them.
UPDATE ....... I saw pictures, on the news, of the frayed cable end sticking out from the side of the tower about a third to halfway up the tower. And I saw the video of the drop tower in action at SFKK, (a youtube video), at the MSNBC web site. The Intamin 2nd gen drop tower doesn't look anything like the 3rd gen drop towers. I see no external cabling or external catch car on the 2nd gen tower. Both the cabling and catch car ride within the tower structure on a 2nd gen Intamin drop tower. If the cables, on a 2nd gen DT, are configured to run in a loop, then I could see how this horrible accident might have occured.
If the cable snapped below the riders, then the cable could have left the channel and wipped up and struck the riders. Also, SFKK's drop tower seating is right up against the tower in 2 seat sections. I could see how a slack cable could form a loop and someone catching their legs in the loop on the way down.
I really feel for the girl and her family right now. I hope the surgery went well and she can make a good recovery. It saddens me whenever anyone gets hurt or killed on any type of ride as I enjoy amusement rides and parks.
When I went thru Navy bootcamp one of the many things things they trained us on was breaking tension of ropes(lines). When mooring(tying up) to the pier or tying up outboard of another ship the lines are under great tension. They would show films of what happended when they broke loose due to being under too much tension. It got all of our attention with how horrific an accident like this can be.
These lines can and have cut bodies in two, severed limbs, etc. They came up with a simple system called a "tattletale line", which is a small line attached to the main line. When this smaller line starts to pull taught, it lets us know how much tension is being put on the line. The Navy also now uses special made lines that reduce snapback.
Guess what I am trying to say is instead of, or after the fingerpointing is done, maybe they can come up with a system to let them know when critical tension has been reached, or maybe a different material that can be used.
Again my thoughts go out to the little girl and her family. *** This post was edited by 6/23/2007 9:43:32 AM ****** This post was edited by 6/23/2007 9:45:31 AM ***
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