One park guest had to be hospitalized after cable breaks on Skyhawk ride
SANDUSKY -- A cable on the swing ride Skyhawk snapped on Saturday night at Cedar Point, injuring two park guests.
Around 10 p.m., a cable attached to one of the ride's carriages broke loose.
The cable struck two different people and the park's emergency personnel were immediately called.
One of the injured was treated and released at the park. The other was taken to a local hospital and has been treated and released.
Skyhawk was closed for a period of time in 2013 for an unrelated situation
Season ticket holder Tom Achtziger and his two kids were on the ride at the time.
Achtziger said, in an email, "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."
He managed to snap 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."
The ride was immediately shut down. 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 was closed for a period of time. Both previous shut downs were for unrelated technical problems.