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Superman: Tower of Power
« on: June 22, 2007, 08:09:08 am »

Let me just stick my foot in the door and get this section moving again considering it's not as footloose as the Hang Out area.

The only thing this ride has in common with the Superman franchise is the Christopher Reeves wheelchair:


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A teen who lost her feet in an accident at a Kentucky amusement park has undergone surgery, a park spokeswoman said Friday, while two park operators closed similar rides around the country.

The Superman Tower of Power at Louisville's Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom was shut down after Thursday's accident, and Six Flags spokeswoman Wendy Goldberg said Friday the company closed similar rides at parks in St. Louis, Missouri; Gurnee, Illinois; and near Washington, D.C., as a precaution, The Associated Press reported.

Another park operator, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., closed drop rides at Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio; Canada's Wonderland in Toronto, Ontario; Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia.; Carowinds, in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Great America in Santa Clara, California, the AP reported.

"We're going to keep these things down until we're certain it's safe," Cedar Fair spokesman Craig Ross told the AP. "We'll wait and see."

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom spokeswoman Carolyn McLean said she has been in touch with the injured 13-year-old girl's family and believed the girl is still receiving treatment at the University of Louisville Hospital.

Hospital spokeswoman Julie Gordon would not discuss details of the surgery or recovery, citing patient privacy.

The girl's name was not released because she is a minor.

The girl's feet were completely amputated just below the ankle Thursday afternoon while riding the Superman Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville.

Her feet were recovered by Six Flags staff and were sent to the hospital with her, McLean said.

During the Tower of Power ride, passengers are hoisted aloft, suspended momentarily, then pulled down, according to the park's Web site. Passengers -- secured with bars and seat belts but with arms and legs free -- drop 154 feet at 54 mph, stopping "just 20 terrifying feet above the pavement," the Web site says.

A police dispatcher said a cord wrapped around the girl's feet while she was on the ride.

"I seen the car go up. Then, like, the cable broke ... and I heard a lot of people screaming," Chris Stinnett, who was at a ride next to the Tower of Power, told CNN affiliate WDRB/WMYO-TV in Louisville.

"The cable went under the car -- and I seen it pull up and hit a lot of people -- and I seen them bring their legs up," he said. (Watch witnesses describe the accident Video)

"We are not confirming that happened," McLean said. "There was a lot of misinformation from witnesses."

The ride will remain closed until a full investigation by state officials and "our team of experts" is conducted, McLean said.

The inspectors will interview staff members, witnesses and speak with the girl and her family, she said.

"Every ride, every investigation is different," she said.

The rest of the park was operating as normal on Friday.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/06/22/six.flags.accident/index.html

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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2007, 08:52:48 am »

oh, i thought the ride was the one in the car where you shoot up the tower first, but it sounds more like dropzone
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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2007, 10:03:53 am »

Yeah I heard about this on the news, pretty sad really. I've been on rides like this at Six Flags in Houston, and thought to myself that I hope nothing gets caught, otherwise I'm screwed.
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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2007, 11:21:28 am »

that's good they found her feet. they can probably reattach them, but you can bet there'll be massive nerve damage
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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2007, 06:55:14 pm »

Well at least her wounds will heel.


Why are you pussyfooting around the topic? Won't someone go toe to toe with me on the puns?

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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2007, 07:08:47 pm »

I'm a bad person, for I'm more outraged by Mr. Stinnett's grammar tragedy than the wild wire.
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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2007, 12:56:00 pm »

I read this story last week, and remembered imagining just such a thing happening while I was on a similar ride in Orlando.
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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2007, 01:08:40 pm »

Don't scare me like that shaken. I'll never go to disney world when I move there.
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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2007, 01:09:56 pm »

It was Universal Studios Islands of Adventure if you're that worried, Sean.
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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2007, 05:12:56 pm »

Don't scare me like that shaken. I'll never go to disney world when I move there.

What's the matter, Sean? Got cold feet?
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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2007, 06:14:54 pm »

Haha no.
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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2007, 06:53:34 pm »

What's the matter, Sean? Got cold feet?

gaddam. good one hahaha
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Re: Superman: Tower of Power
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2007, 07:40:03 pm »

gaddam. good one hahaha

Thanks, I had started to lose my footing! I really don't want to cut it out, but I'm down to the wire on foot puns.
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