Documents: Park ride where girl injured had no auto shutoff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The maintenance chief at a Louisville amusement park says the ride where a girl's legs were severed last summer was not designed to stop automatically in case a cable broke.

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom ride maintenance manager John Schmidt says in a deposition just released that the Superman Tower of Power should have been designed differently.

Kaitlyn Lasitter and her family have sued the park over the June 21st accident. Fourteen-year-old Kaitlyn had one of her feet reattached and recently began walking with a prosthetic leg.

The ride, which was closed after the accident, lifted passengers 177 feet, then dropped them at speeds of more than 50 mph.

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