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Missouri waterslide injury highlights lax regulation


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — No government officials conducted a safety inspection of a new waterslide at Six Flags St. Louis before a woman said she suffered whiplash last month from the force of the "Typhoon Twister" that featured a five-story drop and a "45-foot zero gravity wave wall."

Officials said it's no surprise that the slide didn't have to pass a government safety review, even though an estimated 80 million people flock to about 1,000 water parks in the U.S. every year.

The ride is exempt from a Missouri law regulating amusement rides passed in 2004.

"If it has mechanical things...

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