Ride accidents plague U.S. amusement parks this summer

Ride accidents plague U.S. amusement parks this summer

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

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