Local And National Thrill Rides Shut Down

June 23, 2007

Two amusement park companies have shut down a total of eight thrill rides similar to one in Kentucky where an accident cost a teen-age girl both feet.

Cedar Fair Entertainment ordered the drop tower rides closed as a safety precaution at King's Dominion in Virginia and four other parks it owns in Ohio, California, North Carolina and Toronto, Canada. The Swiss company that made all the rides notes it didn't supply all the parts.

State inspectors are at 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 straight down at better than 50 miles-an-hour. Thursday, a cable broke slicing the 13-year-old's legs just above the ankles.

The Kentucky ride had passed its inspections and a Six Flags spokeswoman says millions of people have safely ridden it and similar rides at the chain's other locations.

Business was still brisk at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom yesterday, despite the closed thrill ride.

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