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Six Flags sues ride maker over injury accident

LOUISVILLE — The owner of a Louisville amusement park where a ride malfunction severed a teenage girl's feet has 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 has sued the park, claiming owners failed to maintain the ride and equipment and ensure riders' safety. Kentucky Kingdom has denied liability. A trial has been set 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."

Sandor Kernacs, president of Intamin's American operations, said a week after the accident that the company made all the rides but did not supply all the parts.

A telephone message seeking comment from the company's Glen Burnie, Md., office was not immediately returned Tuesday.

The ride has been dismantled. A Kentucky Department of Agriculture report released in May placed blame for the accident on a faulty cable and slow response by an amusement park ride operator.