SANDUSKY, Ohio – Two people were injured when a large steel cable snapped on a giant swing ride at Cedar Point amusement park Saturday night.
The Skyhawk ride, which consists of two opposing swings on 125-foot arms that rotate vertically at speeds of 60 miles per hour, was full of riders when the malfunction occurred around 10 p.m.
According to WKYC, one of the swings had its carriage disconnect in mid-air. The snapped cable hit a nearby fence, taking out a 20-foot section and throwing a 2×6 plank into one rider’s face. Another person aboard the ride was also injured after being struck by flying debris.
One of the injured riders was treated at the scene and another was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
“It was awful. When the cable broke, they didn’t stop the ride. They shut down the power and the ride kept swinging, letting gravity take over…meanwhile, the cable was whipping around smacking the ride and destroying things on the ground. We are all lucky that there were no more serious injuries,” injured rider Tom Achtziger told WKYC.
Mr. Achtziger said that he and other riders were trapped in their seats because the seat restraints wouldn’t lift after the ride had stopped.
Park officials closed the ride down immediately after the incident and said it would remain closed until the park completes an investigation.
Cedar Point has closed the Skyhawk ride down for mechanical problems in the past. The first time it closed was the day after it first opened in 2006, WKYC reported. Park officials also closed the ride for several days in 2013 for problems unrelated to Saturday night’s incident.