Update: Six Flags Sues Ride Maker over Kentucky Injury Accident

September 18, 2008

The owner of a Louisville, Ky. amusement park where a ride malfunction severed a teenage girl’s feet filed suit against the manufacturer of the thrill ride.

The Courier-Journal reported Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom claims the manufacturer, Intamin, should be held responsible for Kaitlin Lassiter’s injuries.

On June 21, 2007, the Louisville teen was among those riding the Superman Tower of Power when a cable snapped. The resulting accident severed both of the teen’s feet.

Doctors were able to reattach Kaitlin’s right foot, but not her left one. She had to have some of her left leg amputated and subsequent surgeries.

The girl’s family sued the park, claiming owners failed to maintain the ride and equipment and ensure riders’ safety. Kentucky Kingdom denied liability. A trial is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2010.

In the lawsuit the park filed against three companies, Kentucky Kingdom claims the ride maker and those responsible for sending cable that was not correct are liable for “all or part of the injuries.”

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