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Serious Accident at Six Flags Kentucky
tiger2000
post Jun 22 2007, 7:55 PM
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Six Flags and Cedar Fair shut down eight more thrill rides around North America on Friday after a teenage girl's feet were sliced off during a ride in Kentucky.

State inspectors were at the Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom to examine the Superman Tower of Power, where the accident happened Thursday. The ride lifts passengers 177 feet straight up, then drops them nearly the same distance at speeds reaching 54 mph.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/stor...6729025,00.html

http://edition.cnn.com/video/player/player....wdrb&wm=11


Having experience of Intimin Rides I am absolutely shocked by this accident, the eye witness accounts are horrifying. Hope the girl can make some sort of recovery.

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post Jun 22 2007, 8:26 PM
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Completely freakish and startling accident.
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post Jun 22 2007, 9:34 PM
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That's awful. I hope she's ok, that would cause ALOT of shock sad.gif


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post Jun 23 2007, 7:41 AM
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This really made me cringe when I read it. unsure.gif
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post Jun 23 2007, 9:23 AM
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I imagined feet getting stuck and crushed in something, but a cable slicing them off above the ankle? Ouch.


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post Jun 23 2007, 12:37 PM
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That's truly gruesome and shocking. How could that happen though? Surely the maintenance procedures would be able to tell if the cable was faulty/needed replacing? Or would it have been replaced at a regular enough period anyway?
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post Jun 23 2007, 4:37 PM
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Hopefully, yes. There are many ways of doing NDT (non-destructive testing) on steel wire rope, and it should have a replacement schedule. Though (dispite what Injury Lawyers would have you believe) there is such a thing as a genuine accident. However unlikely, it is still possible that no-one's to blame.
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post Jun 23 2007, 7:34 PM
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Greg was at on this ride just the day before this accident! Close call. Poor girl.

How long are Intamin going to last with killing and seriously injuring people?


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post Jun 23 2007, 8:59 PM
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Can't say I am surprised from a Six Flags ride. ph34r.gif
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post Jun 23 2007, 9:03 PM
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The main point in this story is, that we take our amazingly good EU safety record. The Health and Safety laws in other countries such as America are very lax, and this is when such accidents happen. Another example is the Enterprise which caught fire recently, after running fry. Terrible accidents with the Enterprise, and the Superman ride, It really is terrible when things like this happen.
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post Jun 23 2007, 10:55 PM
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QUOTE (Sebastian @ Jun 23 2007, 10:03 PM) *
The main point in this story is, that we take our amazingly good EU safety record. The Health and Safety laws in other countries such as America are very lax, and this is when such accidents happen. Another example is the Enterprise which caught fire recently, after running fry. Terrible accidents with the Enterprise, and the Superman ride, It really is terrible when things like this happen.

Absolutely, but if people are going to ride these things when drunk then they take their life in their hands.


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post Jun 24 2007, 12:59 AM
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What difference does it make if people are drunk when they ride? The ride shouldnt hurt them in any way and should be safe.
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post Jun 24 2007, 12:00 PM
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Intamin have said they haven't supplied the ride with it's high tension cables or other equipment and parts since its opening in 1995, and they will have been replaced several times... just not by them.

Also, Sebastian, I think it's a complete overstatement to say that American safety laws are 'lax', as really, this simply isn't true, especially in today's world of legal hoo-hah. And I reckon that's a particular hoo-hah Six Flags are going to be seeing alot of very soon...
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post Jun 24 2007, 12:08 PM
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The American Health & Safety Regulations are not as stringent as the ones in Europe. In some states, even after a fatal accident the park have the right to refuse independent inspection of their rides unless a crime has taken place. All rides in Europe have to be inspected annually by independent inspectors not connected to the park. In the US this is not a requirement, most do 'in house' inspections with no independent checks on their rides.
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post Jun 24 2007, 2:43 PM
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QUOTE (John @ Jun 24 2007, 01:00 PM) *
Also, Sebastian, I think it's a complete overstatement to say that American safety laws are 'lax', as really, this simply isn't true, especially in today's world of legal hoo-hah.

Pardon me if I'm being blunt, but, have you been living with your head in the sand? This simply wouldn't have happened if the ride had been checked properly!

Click me to see how bad American parks can/have been.
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post Jun 24 2007, 5:24 PM
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I am willing to turn a blind eye to poor safety regimes as long as they get the theming right. In Six Flags, we get neither.
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post Jun 24 2007, 5:44 PM
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Best. Post. Ever. ^

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post Jun 24 2007, 9:46 PM
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QUOTE (Sebastian @ Jun 24 2007, 03:43 PM) *
This simply wouldn't have happened if the ride had been checked properly!

You really can not make such a statement without fully understanding all the facts involved. As I've said already, pure accidents can and do happen, there isn't always someone to blame.
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post Jun 25 2007, 10:38 AM
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A frayed cable is a total Act of God.
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post Jun 25 2007, 10:59 AM
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Well, call off the investigators, Seb has it covered.

(For what it's worth, I'm sure you're completely correct, but there's other possibilities, and it's not something you can say until you know what really happened. What I'm really getting at is the "if something goes wrong, sue everyone you can" attitude that seems to be around these days.)
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