Six Flags water ride shut down after Missouri woman launched from tube

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A Missouri woman was flung from a water ride at a St. Louis-area Six Flags, suffering injuries and prompting the closure of the Typhoon Twister attraction.

It is not immediately clear at this time how long the ride will be out of commission.

Sondra Thornhill was riding the Typhoon Twister in the Eureka park’s Hurricane Harbor area on June 23 — the first day the ride had opened — when she was suddenly launched into the air and off her tube, KMOV reports. The outlet also describes the Typhoon Twister as “a 125-foot 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 off the raft and of course, when it went back down, my hands were still on it and it threw it me so far forward and back so fast, all I heard was my neck pop,” the Lebanon woman recalls of the scary scene.

“I thought I broke it at first then it was just a little sore and I stopped panicking. I’ll be alright,” she added.

After a CAT scan and X-ray at a local hospital, Thornill received word that she suffered whiplash from the incident, but was otherwise OK. 

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Though Six Flags did 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 into the circumstances surrounding a guest coming out of their tube,” representatives said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak





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