COPY-Six Flags shut down thrill rides at parks across the country

Associated Press - June 22, 2007 12:53 PM ET

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Six Flags has shut down four thrill rides at parks around the country after a gruesome accident at an amusement park in Louisville, Kentucky.

Yesterday, a 13-year-old girl's feet were severed just above the ankles as she rode the Superman Tower of Power ride. The park's Web site says the ride lifts passengers 177 feet straight up, then drops 154 feet.

A Six Flags spokeswoman says the company has shut down similar rides at parks in St. Louis, Gurnee, Illinois, and near Washington, DC, as a safety precaution.

Investigators have returned to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom today to examine the ride there.

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