Although many of California’s amusement parks are open all year,
summer is an especially popular time to go. It should come as little surprise,
then, that the rate of
amusement park accidents and injuries tends to be higher in the summertime.
Major parks in California and Florida have experienced ride accidents this
summer, and now amusement parks in the Midwest are following suit. Last
weekend, an Ohio amusement park called Cedar Point had to close one of
its rides indefinitely after two park visitors were injured by a snapped cable.
The ride is known as “Skyhawk,” and involves swinging two carriages
of riders to heights of 125 feet at speeds of 60 miles per hour. During
one run last weekend, a cable connected to one of the carriages suddenly snapped.
An adult man and a girl were injured by the snapping cable. She was rushed
to the hospital, while the man was able to be treated at the scene.
Thankfully, the ride slowed to a stop after the cable snapped, presumably
because of redundant safety features like emergency brakes. No other passengers
were reported as injured.
This is not the amusement park’s first accident involving a malfunctioning
ride. Last year, seven visitors to Cedar Point were injured when the log
flume on a water ride flipped over.
As with the recent roller coaster derailment at Six Flags Magic Mountain,
it will likely take some time to complete a full investigation of the
accident. Suffice it to say, however, that many people will be considering
safer alternatives to amusement parks for the rest of the summer.
Source: New York Daily News, "
Ohio amusement park ride that swings riders 125-feet into the air shut
down after cable snaps, injures two visitors," Lee Moran, July 28, 2014