Teen injured in Six Flags accident ba...

Teen injured in Six Flags accident back home

There are 29 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Jul 14, 2007, titled Teen injured in Six Flags accident back home. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

A Louisville teenager has been released from a Tennessee hospital, three weeks after her feet were cut off in an amusement park accident.

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“Observer of the passing scene.”

Since: Jul 07

Near Knoxville TN., USA

#21 Dec 5, 2007
What a terrible price to pay for such a young girl !!

Too many are damaged physically and mentally in the perilous journey through this life!

May GOD bless us all - NO EXCEPTIONS !!

Nashville, TN

#22 Dec 6, 2007
I happened to be there the day that this happened. God definitely kept my friends and I off of that ride. Normally I'm not afraid of the drop towers, but for some reason that day I just had a bad gut feeling about it. My heart goes out for that poor girl and her family. What's so ridiculous is that Six Flags kept the park open and didn't tell anyone about the accident that day. Absolutely crazy.

Nashville, TN

#23 Dec 6, 2007
Oh, and I meant to say the entire PARK should have been shut down and inspected.

Orlando, FL

#24 Dec 12, 2007
jimmy wrote:
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yes theres always a bright side
how could you ever say such a thing i bet if it had happend to you you wouldnt be saying that you would be saving money on shoes. you should re think what you wrote and undersatand how immiture that was......carma what goes around comes around.

United States

#25 Apr 30, 2008
you need to shut up who cares about money$$$$$ yall have some screwed up minds SO SHUt UP

Lexington, KY

#26 Jun 30, 2008
"Yes, there is always a bight side." .......dumb statement.

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#27 Jul 4, 2008
Dogmilk wrote:
Everyone! Read the back of those little tickets. It is stated that "by accepting this ticket, you release this park and/or company from any wrong doing". She will win in court, but not as much as you think. I used to work for Disny and I have seen this before. My heart goes out to her and I wish her only the best. But, again, this is how little people get screwed helping big companies operate.
However, when an investigation finds that there are manufacturing defects or park personnell did something negligent then there will be a huge lawsuit. Disneyland has paid many a settlement, but they are kept confidential because parks don't want the bad publicity. Check out the website rideaccidents.com .

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#28 Jul 4, 2008
Quoted from the victim:
In Her Own Words
Kaitlyn Lasitter: "It was the first ride we rode, and we got on it and we rode it once and everything seemed fine. There was nobody in line at the time, so we stayed on it, and Blair and I switched spots, because first it was, if you were standing to the right of it, the furthest left was Arin, then it was me, and then it was Blair. Blair and I switched, so I was on the outside, and Blair was in the middle.
"As we started to go up, we were laughing about something, and then it almost as if it jolted a little bit or something, like a whipping sound or something. We looked up, and there were a bunch of cables falling, and this was only about 20 feet off the ground. It kept going up and at this point, I had cables all over my body. There was a cable hanging below me, there were cables all over my friends. My lip was busted. I had cuts all over me and I was bleeding and freaking out. We were all screaming, and then it kept going up, and we just continually screamed and were yelling at people. I remember smoke and the smell of burning. I felt like I was going to die. We kept screaming,'Stop the ride.' People were frantically freaking out. I remember something else fell on us, which was more cable. We even had cables around our necks, and we pulled them off.
"When we got to the top, I looked over at Blair, and she was bleeding. I told her I loved her, and we started screaming,'Stop the ride.' Something hard hit our heads, and then we dropped.
"Then, I couldn't remember much of falling. I just remember seeing the cables almost just in front of my face. I remember seeing or feeling like I was getting pulled. I guess it was like I was getting yanked out of my seat, but I didn't, because I guess the seat belt was stopping me. I remember feeling like I was on fire and smelling burning flesh. I remember getting to the bottom and not realizing what had happened at first, just turning to Blair and asking what happened and if they were okay. Everybody said I didn't think my feet were off, but I remember looking at my legs and scared for everything. I remember my pants were almost ripped off, and I was exposed.
"I remember lying my leg on Blair. I remember seeing this guy I didn't know and I was getting mad at him. He was the pediatrician, and he was wearing a baseball cap, t-shirt, swim trunks and sandals. I don't remember his face. If I was right here, he was beside me. I remember he was asking questions like,'What's your name, where do you go to school, how old are you, what is your mom and dad's names, what is their phone number, where do you live?" Then he asked me to sing my ABC's.
"I remember there was another guy there and he was wearing a black t-shirt with cut-off sleeves with shorts and sandals too. He was with Blair, and I remember at one point, I laid my leg on him, and he was going to go get help, but I wouldn't let him go. I kept screaming out of control and my leg was hurting.

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#29 Jul 4, 2008

"I remember asking them to let me get out. I just wanted to walk away and go home. I wanted my mom and I wanted my dad. They wouldn't do anything. I remember them saying they were going to cut my seat belt, and I was scared I was going to fall out.
"I remember them cutting the seat belt, and I remember them picking me up, which was probably one of the worst parts. I had a broken thigh and they were grabbing my legs to get me. I remember them putting me on the stiff board, and they took me out through the exit gate and there's an entrance gate, an exit gate, and there's my seat. I was in the first seat that was right by it. They exited me through, and there was the ambulance right there, and I was going to be put in the ambulance.
"I don't remember much of the ambulance ride. What I remember most is them saying I was like 18, 15, and me getting mad, and I said I'm 13. I had an oxygen mask on and probably wasn't saying it too clear.
"I remember breaking down to Cindy, a nurse, about being best friends with my mom, and how I wanted to see my mom, and I wanted to see my dad. I remember them taking my top off and my freaking out about that because my pants were already gone, because when I got down to the bottom of the ride, those were gone. My neck hurt really bad, because when we got to the top of the ride, a cable was wrapped around my neck, and if I wouldn't have had that go away, I guess I would be decapitated. Blair and I pulled that off. I had a lump on the back of my head so big.
"I remember lying in the bed, and I wasn't allowed to have water. I remember begging for water. I was so thirsty. I was actually on my way to go get Coke, but my friends wanted to ride the ride, so we decided to get on that.
"I remember them putting heart monitors on my chest and them bringing me wet paper towels to suck on, because I couldn't have water before surgery. I remember her telling me I was not allowed to go to sleep.
"The next thing I remember from that, and I'm guessing hours later, is seeing my mom and dad and then I don't remember all of it. I remember seeing my mom and my dad and then it's like I drifted off or something, and I remember seeing my dad's friend's wife holding my hand crying. I remember seeing my Aunt Chris and her son, Tyler, walk out of the room. I remember seeing my cousin, Mike. I remember everybody being so sad. I remember saying to my mom,'My legs are gone, but I still have eyes and I can see you.' The next thing I remember is waking up at Vanderbilt.
"I remember being on the ride and having cables in front of me and the pain that I felt at the time is like my whole body was hot and on fire. I don't know if it's from blood loss or what it's from. It's almost like when you get a scab and the air and water hits it and it burns. It was like that, but all over my body. It was horrible. It's the only time I've ever smelled a smell that smells like burning flesh. It was horrible. I would rather stay in a house full of cigar smoke than what this was. It was more of a rank, horrible smell. I don't think at the time that I knew it was from my skin. I thought it was from the ride. Part of it was from the ride. I don't know if it was smoking or not, but I do remember...it was a very distinct smell. It's like something you will smell once, and if you think about it, you'll remember it for the rest of your life. If it happened when you were one, you will remember when you're 18."

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