Kentucky Kingdom inquiry will take weeks

Posted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 10:29 AM | Contributed by ClarkKentuckyKingdom

It will take several weeks to complete the state investigation into a malfunctioning ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom that cut off a 13-year-old girl's feet, officials said. Kaitlyn Lasitter had her feet severed above the ankles by a cable that broke when she was on the ride June 21. Officials don't know why the cable broke.

Read more from The Courier-Journal.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007 1:51 PM
What about all the other 2nd Gen Intamin Free-Fall towers out there?

Are they still down-for-the-count, or will they be operationable again after inspection?

Tuesday, July 3, 2007 2:20 PM
Tower of Doom at SFA is still closed and I'm fairly certain the others are closed as well.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 2:47 PM
Drop Zone at Wonderland was down for about 4 days after the accident and has been back up ever since.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 5:55 PM

Right foot reattached, left foot not.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007 5:59 PM
I was at SFGAm yesterday and Giant Drop is still closed. Wasn't there another Intamin 2nd Gen freefall that had a cable issue upon inspection? If that's the case I would expect them all, at least the one's at SF parks, to stay closed until they find a solution to the problem.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 6:14 PM
^ I believe that one was at Carowinds.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 6:57 PM
Wow, that's amazing that they were able to salvage one of the lower extremities. I was not optomistic. I was afraid she would be left with bilateral BKAs which would have made it extremely difficult to ambulate even with prostheses. If the right leg can recover, she may be able to walk with a prosthesis.

The news story really paints Six Flags in a grim light - reportedly not having contacted the family after the accident. That's awful. Hard to know who to believe with the family saying one thing and SF the opposite.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007 10:31 PM
MSN story
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 1:41 AM
hey dawgbite II, to answer your question, I rode Kennywood's pitfall (a second generation Intamin freefall) two days after the accident, and i know that it is still up and running.

At least one of these rides will still survive

Wednesday, July 4, 2007 3:51 PM
The general ride design , I believe, is not what is in question. I would surmise that the state is focusing on the cables. Steel cables are not only rated for weight lifting limits, but also for the type of service they are intended. The factor of safety is considerably higher on a cable intended for passenger conveience versus one used on a crane.
Thursday, July 5, 2007 10:55 AM
An update on the girls condition

It strikes me as odd that the family is saying no one from six flags has contacted them.

I know these things do not happen often but six flags should at least have a representive contact the family to offer any help they can.

I guess this is the start of the lawsuit IE: Big evil corparation doesn't care that they ripped a girls feet off.

Thursday, July 5, 2007 2:34 PM
I find it highly improbabale that there was no contact from SF. It is possible that the family has refused to allow contact, setting things up for litigation. You can all but guarentee that SF has documeted all attempts at contacting the family.

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