Girls feet are cut off!!

United States
June 21, 2007 6:00pm CST
I am devastated. My children have gone to the Kentucky Kingdom (Six Flags park) in Louisville, KY many, many times. Seems that a girl's feet have both been severed by one of the rides which malfunctioned. There aren't many details yet, a link is below. Are you like me and always think in the back of your mind..."what if this ride broke right now?" I didn't think that way as a child, but as an adult I do and worry so much when my children are at a theme park. They laugh at me for worrying, but look what can happen! Do you worry? http://www.wlky.com/news/13547817/detail.html
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Since you started this discussion, I found this link on the web and I thought I'd share it with you. It's a chronology of ride accidents in the news. These are NOT old reports by any means! The oldest one I found went back to 2001, but even if you just look at the ones from the past 2 years you would be absolutely amazed! Evidently, we only hear about the truly horrendous accidents, like the girl with her feet cut off. There are so many, many more that occur that we don't hear about though, (even with loss of life) that it has astonished me and probably forever changed my opinion of going on rides! (A few of the reports were from a ride park right around here that we used to take our kids to!) Also at the bottom there's some scary reports about how lots of ride operators/carnival workers are fugitives, child molesters, and more. These reports (of which there are many) go back to 2005, so they are very recent. Worth a check out, I'd say...so I wanted to share it with you. http://www.rideaccidents.com/
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@lisado (1230)
• United States
22 Jun 07
I couldn't get your link to load but I found it on another KY new website and they said it was an update, even though they didn't really know anything else yet. http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/8121967.html My luck stinks and pretty much any time I have been on a ride I think "if this thing is going to break it'll be while I'm on it!". I have a fear of heights so I don't ride on rides like this anyway, but you know parts get worn out over time and you kinda have to wonder exactly who is doing the maintenance and are they doing it as often as they are supposed to. My kids aren't old enough to ride rides like this yet, but I know when they are old enough I'll worry. Anything can happen just about anywhere. All you can do is smile, grit your teeth and pray until they come home.
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• United States
22 Jun 07
That really sucks for the girl, and I hope she can make a full recovery. When I am on a ride at an amusement park I usually wonder what would happen if the ride malfunctioned. Its probably not the best thing to think about, but at the time its hard not to. But I also think what would happen if the ride did malfunction. You could probably sue the amusement park for a lot of money. And then your new life wouldnt be so bad. Cheers
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@coolcatzz (1587)
• Canada
22 Jun 07
I just heard about that on the news about an hour ago. What a shame. You certainly don't expect something like that to happen at an amusement park. My heart goes out to her. I just can't imagine what she is going through.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
22 Jun 07
That is horrifying. I have always been afraid of those rides. It's just like anything else. Things break, things malfunction. That poor girl and her family. It just breaks my heart to think about it.
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• United States
22 Jun 07
Oh my gosh, I can't believe this happened! I have never taken my son to a big amusement park, only to the small town carnivals, but I always worry when he gets on the rides. I also worry that someone will take him. I liked to ride the rides before I became a mother, but now I am more apt to sit, watch, and worry. I will have to check on this story later when there are more details.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
22 Jun 07
Statistically, the parks are safe but something like this is rather traumatic. If you look at the number of people in amusement parks every day and the number of injuries suffered per season, then take that same number of people and compare it to getting injured in car accidents, I'll bet that the parks are safer. I admit, when I go on these rides, I think about the danger, but hey, if that is the case, we would not do anything, we would not fly or drive, or cross the street or in many cases breathe the air or drink the water.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
22 Jun 07
We have been there twice. What a horrible thing to happen!! I couldn't even imagine being there, let alone be the one it happened to. We were at the Ohio State Fair and the scrambler came apart and flew through the crowd. We didn't even know it happened until later, but we didn't go into the ride section. I am so glad. You just never know.
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@YoungInLove (1254)
• Canada
22 Jun 07
I t hink about it all the time. A month ago I went to a big amusement park in cleveland and whenever i went on the wooden rollercoaster..the whole time all i could think about was how close it seemed we were to the sides. The whole time i like..sat as still as possible cuase I always felt as if i was going to touch the wood. I think all peopel think about it at least once or twice.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
22 Jun 07
This is really scary! I have actually found myself wondering about the safety of the rides while I was watching the kids on them. Think of how fast a child's life (and the lives of his/her family) can change as a result of one of these accidents. The link from the article you posted which showed the inspection laws of all of the states was alarming- especially the number of states with no laws governing safety standards at all!
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@wrdsofwisdm (1070)
• United States
21 Jun 07
That is horrible. Great America was a much safer park when the Marriot owned it. Since Six Flags took it over, there have been several accidents and some deaths all over. We have a large one here in Illinois. Remember the ride called The Edge? Can't remember which state it was in but the whole cart fell off at the top and slammed into the ground killing both people in it. Another girl fell out of a coaster that was stuck upside down for several hours but I'm not sure if that relates to the incident mentioned above. Six Flags needs more safety checks done.
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
21 Jun 07
wow. I will have to look into the story when there are more details. I don't always worry about rides, but I do occasionally. I thought those people a week or so ago were bad off being hung upside down for all those hours.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
21 Jun 07
I just got a look at the ride. I figured it would be a roller coaster, not one of those tower rides. I wonder how her feet got caught in it.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
21 Jun 07
I wondered the same thing. But if you watch the little video on the same page as the article they talk to a woman witness who says that it was an electric chord or something of those sorts that snapped and severed her feet.
@javaleira (372)
• Portugal
20 Apr 08
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24 Jun 07
Yeah another friend posted about this. You know something strange is going on with mylot, so to go off topic but it says this is 3days old. (it's been doing it all day) :/ I would worry, I think it's very sad and I hope the fun fair gets closed down until it's safe. ~Joey
• United States
22 Jun 07
Wow, i thought it was funny that some of the people didn't ever want to go back to that park. I understand being devestated, but when you enter the park you shouldn't expect everything will be ok. Everytime i've gone I make sure that I tell everyone i love them before I go, just in case something might happen. I make sure to tell my son and husband to do the same just in case something happens. I'm not expecting something like that to happen to me, just being prepared in case it does.
• United States
22 Jun 07
Are you serious?! That's insane! My girl and me go to Kennywood all the time so now I'll probably ride with my feet under my rear!
@amjada (379)
22 Jun 07
Hi, girls feet are cut off, but not like. do you think girls are weeker than boys,please share!
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
22 Jun 07
UGH thats terrible! I read the article, poor girl :( I cant even imagine. We are season pass holders for the six flags in Jersey. Makes you really think twice. I feel so sorry for the girl, and now I'll worry more than ever if that was even possible!
@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
22 Jun 07
I wouldn't worry because my family and I have been to a few theme parks and although 1 ride broke down while we were in 1 of the parks I never think of it happening to me. I feel so sorry for that girl, many rides just leave the passengers stranded in mid air for a while.
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
22 Jun 07
I am like you I woory about those freak accidents, I try & stay away from those rides, I prefer to have my feet on the ground =)