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Cable on Ohio amusement park ride snaps, hurting 2

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio amusement park ride that swings riders as high as 125 feet has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors.

Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said a cable on one of the Skyhawk ride's carriages disconnected late Saturday. One rider was treated at a hospital and released. The other person was treated at the scene, the park said.

A man who said he was near the ride when the accident occurred at about 10 p.m. reported hearing "something whip, then bang and screaming."

Kevin Gregg of Barnegat, New Jersey, operator of an online amusement park fan site called Themeparkmaniacs.com, told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland (http://bit.ly/1q5Se2F) the ride slowed down to a stop with riders screaming.

Gregg said the cable damaged the fence in front of the ride where spectators often stand and watch. He said he was back at Cedar Point on Sunday and rides were operating normally, except for Skyhawk.

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 said Skyhawk will remain closed until an investigation into the cause of the accident is completed.

Edwards said in a statement: "Safety is our top priority."

Cedar Point is the flagship park of Cedar Fair Entertainment, the nation's fourth-largest amusement park company.

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janieturnage July 27 2014 at 7:41 PM

I'm first to comment? Okay --------

That is a chance you take when you get on rides like that. Nobody can guarantee that somebody won't get hurt. Accidents can and do happen.

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tmccull52 janieturnage July 27 2014 at 9:01 PM

Very true. I've been to Cedar Point dozens of times over the course of four decades, and it is an excellent amusement park.

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vwmeow janieturnage July 28 2014 at 10:35 AM

I agree-accidents happen. Cedar Point is a great amusement park-can't blame them for this. Now if it was a Six Flags....

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Howard July 27 2014 at 9:25 PM

rideaccidents.com , if you're thinking of attending a park sometime this summer and you want to have a good time, do not go to this site. If you think parks are safer than travelling shows, rideaccidents.com for an eye opener.

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shaybird Howard July 28 2014 at 8:10 AM

I'm sure accidents at amusement parks and traveling shows combined are far less than traffic accidents. Accidents, and even death, are the risk you take every day.

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swidorskycarpet July 28 2014 at 7:00 AM

Most of your major parks do safety checks daily at the beginning of the day. I know I've been kicked out of a line miday when an operator said that the ride was not operating correctly. Accidents do happen. Fortunately, this did not seem like a major one.

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vietnamvet1967 July 28 2014 at 9:34 AM

Can someone say Law Suit

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Welcome King July 27 2014 at 9:45 PM

Bet that was a scary moment.

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lockworks07 July 27 2014 at 9:58 PM

Never go on a Sandusky ride.

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steves1709 lockworks07 July 27 2014 at 10:18 PM

Never make pathetic blanket statements such as the one to which I am responding...

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Linda July 27 2014 at 10:01 PM

These have been happening all over a lot lately. We had 2 recently in Ca.

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shaybird Linda July 28 2014 at 8:13 AM

Plane accidents 'have been happening all over a lot lately'. So what is your point?

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toneitup July 28 2014 at 1:10 PM

This is why you should always trust your government inspectors there the best.....

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jrkastl toneitup July 28 2014 at 4:27 PM

They don't know do

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Mike July 28 2014 at 4:46 PM

Why can we not grasp the concept that accidents happen. Things inevitably go wrong. Be happy nobody died and move on.

Every time you leave your house there's a good chance you're going to die. Get over it.

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