Six Flags water ride shut down after woman launched from the tube
A Missouri woman was thrown from a water slide on a St. Louis-area Six Flags, suffer injuries, and that the closure of the Typhoon Twister ride.
A Missouri woman was flung from a ride on an St. Louis-area Six Flags, suffer injuries, and that the closure of the Typhoon Twister attraction.
It is not immediately clear at this stage how long the ride will be from the commission.
Sondra Thornhill was the drive of the Typhoon Twister in the Eureka park, Hurricane Harbor, area on 23 June, the first day of the ride had opened — when she was suddenly launched into the air and out of her tube, KMOV reports. The outlet also describes the Typhoon Twister as “a 125-meter-long whirlpool bowl that spins riders through an enclosed five-story drop.”
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“Only my hands were on the handles [of the tube]. My whole body went to the raft and, of course, then it went back down, my hands were still on and he threw me so far forward and back so fast, all I heard was my neck pop,” the Lebanon woman remembers the scary scene.
“I thought I broke it at first then it was just a little bit of pain and I stopped in panic. I will be good,” she added.
After a CAT-scan and X-ray in a local hospital, Thornill received word that she suffered whiplash from the incident, but otherwise was OK.
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Although, Six Flags does not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on the story, they did offer KMOV the following statement:
“The well-being of our guests is always our priority. As standard protocol, we have closed the ride while we look to the circumstances surrounding a guest coming out of their tube,” representatives said.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report
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