Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio has permanently closed the Skyhawk ride until a complete investigation has been conducted on a recent accident. On Saturday, two of the cables that hold one of the rider’s carriages snapped, injuring two people.
The Skyhawk is a very popular ride a Cedar Point. It is set up to look like a giant swing, with to carriages attached to long poles. These carriages are similar in size and shape of a cable car. When the ride engages, the cars swing back and forth rising to 125 feet in the air and moving at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.
On Saturday, two of the safety cables broke on one of the swings, snapping quickly and injuring two passengers. One of the passengers was treated at the scene and the other was taken to an area hospital and later released.
Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards says Cedar Fair Entertainment quickly closed the ride until a complete investigation is conducted.
Skyhawk has two giant arms that swing riders at speeds up to 60 mph. The park says the ride was closed temporarily in 2013 for an unrelated reason.
Edwards says Skyhawk will remain closed until an investigation into the cause of the accident is completed.
He says, “Safety is our top priority.”
Kevin Gregg of Barnegat, New Jersey, operator of an online amusement park fan site called Themeparkmaniacs.com, told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland the ride slowed down to a stop with riders screaming.
Cedar Fair Entertainment is the fourth largest amusement park company in the United States and also owns and operates Kings Island, in Ohio.
This is not the first time that the Skyhawk ride has been closed. Park operators have reported that the ride was temporarily closed during the 2013 season, but for unrelated reasons. Those reasons, however, have not been disclosed.
Cedar Point has remained operational otherwise, and all other rides are operating safely. Cedar Point is one of the largest attractions in Ohio, generating visitors from all over the Midwest. Known best for its rollercoasters, this amusement park has a very good track record for safety.
Park officials have not stated when the Skyhawk will be repaired and available for use again. If the investigation finds that safety is an issue with the ride, it will most likely be replaced with something new for the 2015 summer season.
2 hurt on park ride: Cedar Point ride closes after cable snap; 2 hurt
Cable snaps on Ohio amusement park ride that swings riders up to 125 feet in the air; 2 hurt