On June 22nd, Six Flags and Cedar Fair shut down eight more thrill rides around the country. This came about after a teenage girl’s feet were sliced off during a ride in Kentucky. State inspectors are looking into the Superman Tower of Power at the Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, where the accident happened on June 21st. The ride lifts passengers 177 feet straight up, and then drops them nearly the same distance at speeds reaching 54 mph. A cable broke loose on the ride, striking the 13-year-old girl in her legs. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture inspects amusement park rides in that state. Apparently, inspectors from the state agency don’t know what caused the cable to break. Six Flags shut down similar rides at parks in St. Louis; Gurnee, Illinois; and near Washington as a safety precaution. Six Flags Over Texas, near Dallas, also has a Superman Tower of Power, but apparently, it’s not the same ride. Amusement parks must be regulated in all states, and that regulation must be effective. Many of the thrill rides are extremely dangerous, and unfortunately regulation in most states is either ineffective or non-existent. That must change!
Source: Insurance Journal
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