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Recently replaced cables on Cedar Point ride snap, injuring two

The state of Ohio forced Cedar Point to replace Skyhawk's cables in 2013. Those cables also snapped upon take down.
By Matt Bradwell   |   July 28, 2014 at 7:55 AM  |  Updated July 28, 2014 at 4:47 PM   |   Comments

SANDUSKY, Ohio, July 28 (UPI) -- Cedar Point, the amusement park that bills itself as "the roller coaster capital of the world," had to close the world's tallest pendulum swing when one of its cables snapped, injuring two riders on Saturday.

According to Cedar Point public relations manager Bryan Edwards, at roughly 10 p.m. Saturday night a cable supporting one of the passenger carriages on the Skyhawk, a 125-foot dueling pendulum swing, disconnected and struck two guests.

"At approximately 10 p.m., a cable on one of the Skyhawk swing ride's carriages disconnected," Edwards said in an official statement.

"The ride's crew immediately shut down the ride and notified the park's emergency personnel. The cable came in contact with two guests. One was treated and released at the scene. As a precaution, the other was transported to a local hospital for evaluation."

According to an anonymous Cedar Point ride host, the cables on Skyhawk were recently replaced when the ride was shut down in 2013.

Posting as Reddit user Dresden127, the ride host -- whose identity was verified as part of a Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" user-interview series -- wrote in summer 2013 that "Skyhawk is down due to the state being a bunch of [expletive]."

"They required the cables to be taken off, for no good reason, and they snapped during the take down. We have to wait until the manufacturer builds specific cables for it, which could be late July/early August, or even December."
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