Truth Frequency Radio
Jul 27, 2014

1406473185000-IMG-3304WKYC-TV, Cleveland

SANDUSKY, Ohio — An amusement park ride in Ohio that swings riders into the air is closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two people.

About 10 p.m. Saturday, a cable attached to one of the Skyhawk ride’s carriages disconnected. One person was taken to the hospital, while the other was treated at the park. Skyhawk is located at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.

It wasn’t clear whether the two guests had been riding Skyhawk when they were injured or whether they were on the ground. Skyhawk has two giant arms that swing riders at speeds of up to 60 mph.

Season ticket holder Tom Achtziger and his two children were on the ride when the cable snapped.


In this Thursday, May 4, 2006, file photo, people ride the Skyhawk at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. The Skyhawk has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped on the ride Saturday, July 26, 2014.(Photo: Jason Werling, AP)

“It was awful,” said Achtziger in an e-mail. “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.”

Achtziger took a few photos from his seat on the ride.

“Some of these pictures were taken while we were still trapped in our seats as the ride would not release the safety belts.”

Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said the ride will remain closed until the park completes an investigation.

This is not the first time the ride has experienced problems. Skyhawk was shut down less than a day after it first opened in 2006. In 2013, it also was closed. Both previous shut downs were for unrelated technical problems.