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Kennywood Updates Prosthetics Policy After Rider was Turned Away

The park had previously reviewed the policy after a woman was thrown from a ride in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Kennywood is updating its rides policy for amputees after a guest was turned away from some rides this month.

According to KDKA, amusement parks around the country began reviewing policies after a double amputee apparently fell from a roller coaster in Las Vegas earlier this year. The woman survived and the incident remains under investigation.

Kennywood says it continually reviews and updates its policy, which is to prevent riders from being ejected, and to prevent prosthetics from being thrown loose, which can a be a danger to other guests and employees on the ground.

Jeff Logan, who lost his lower right leg to infection three years ago, spoke to KDKA after he was told he could not ride certain attractions, including the Black Widow and Aero 360.

"It hurt, to be honest with you. It just made me feel like, you know" We pride ourselves on working with each other and saying we can do anything we put our mind to, that we can accomplish it if we can, and then when someone tells you can't do that, it's psychologically devastating to you," Logan told reporter Andy Sheehan.

However, after Logan spoke to park management, Kennywood lifted the ban and updated their policy. Now, amputee riders are permitted on the rides but will be asked to remove prosthetics. Logan says he is happy with this compromise, and will "work with the park in dialogue to help the policy evolve."

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