November 28, 2014

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UPDATED: Ohio inspectors won’t investigate Cedar Point ride accident

In this May 4, 2006, file photo, people ride the Skyhawk at Cedar Point. The ride has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors. (AP Photo/The Sandusky Register, Jason Werling, File)

In this May 4, 2006, file photo, people ride the Skyhawk at Cedar Point. The ride has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors. (AP Photo/The Sandusky Register, Jason Werling, File)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s amusement ride inspectors won’t be conducting an official investigation into an accident at Cedar Point that injured at least two people, but will have to give the OK for the swing ride to reopen.

The state only investigates accidents when someone is admitted to a hospital or stays overnight.

Two people were hurt Saturday night when a cable snapped on the Skyhawk ride that swings up to 125 feet in the air, said Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards. One person was treated at the park and another was treated at a hospital, Edwards said. Details were not released about the severity of the injuries or whether those injured were on the ride or watching it.

Cedar Point has said the ride will remain closed until the park’s own investigation into the cause is completed.

State ride inspectors will be at the park in Sandusky later this week to meet with park officials and the ride’s manufacturer, said Brett Gates, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which oversees amusement rides in the state.

“We’ll need to see what’s being done so that the ride can open back up,” Gates said Monday.

The ride won’t be allowed to reopen until the inspectors review it and any repairs the park might make.

A witness who was near the Skyhawk told The Associated Press on Monday that the cable came off the ride and broke a wooden fence in front of it.

“We heard a whipping noise, a bang and screaming so we ran to the ride to see what had happened,” said Kevin Gregg of Barnegat, New Jersey. “The ride was still moving when we got there with people screaming.”

Gregg, who operates themeparkmaniacs.com, said he saw one girl walk to an ambulance and a man who was in pain and holding his mouth. By the next morning when the park opened, the cable had been removed and the section of fence was repaired, he said.

Ohio law says an amusement ride owner can’t disturb an accident scene until after approval by state inspectors. But because the accident did not result in a hospital stay, the law did not apply, Gates said.

Had the accident resulted in more serious injuries, the inspectors would have interviewed witnesses and ride operators and sought to determine the cause.

Because there will be no official investigation, there will be no report available from the state and details about what happened will not be required to be released.

The state also didn’t conduct an investigation when a boat on a water ride at Cedar Point rolled backward down a hill and flipped over into the water a year ago in July. Seven people were hurt, but only one was treated at a hospital.

The Shoot the Rapids water ride remained closed for the rest of the year before opening again this past spring.


  • Phil Blank

    Which cable snapped?
    Hopefully not that big one on that arm between peoples heads?

  • Joe Smith

    Investigating themselves, sounds like Congress

    • HankKwah

      Not really. Congress couldn’t give a flyin’ fart what we think. Cedar Point’s reputation is very important to their success.

      • Pablo Jones

        Not just their reputation, a lawsuit can wipe out months worth of profit. A thorough investigation to find out what happened and how to prevent it may cost more money, but the benefits far out weigh the savings of not doing it.

  • Stan K

    This whole story just stinks of a cover up..The article states,
    “That’s because the state investigates accidents only when someone is admitted to a hospital or stays overnight.”
    In an earlier report,One person was taken to the hospital,treated and released.
    What exactly is the definition of hospitalized?Who is pulling the strings of this puppet? Lobbyist? Kasich?..who?
    Cedar point is a huge attraction and brings a lot of money to the area,but when safety is overlooked for profit,we are all potential victims

    • Pablo Jones

      These are the same rules that have been in place for years if not decades. Remember this is run by the department of agriculture, they tend to have more focus on other things. Cedar point is hardly over looking safety for profit. If safety is over look CP stands to lose more money than they could ever possibly hope to gain. One law suit for them not addressing a known problem by an injured person to cost them millions.

      The definition of hospitalized is a person being admitted as an inpatient. Taken from the ER to a hospital room. Just going to the ER is not being hospitalized.

    • Bill Love

      you are truly an idiot if you think the governor or someone else to cover up for Cedar Point you live in a fictional world. Cedar Point takes safety very seriously they do more detailed inspections then actual state does

      • Stan K

        If it was the first time this ride had a problem,then I would hesitate to lay blame,but the ride was down most of last year for a similar problem.If it was an OSHA violation and a worker was hurt as a result,Inspectors would be all over it…and that is the truth.

        • Bill Love

          OSHA is a federal agency not a state big difference