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Cable Snapped on Skyhawk

07/26/14 at 11:18pm in Cable Snapped on Skyhawk
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Just heard about this on Facebook. Apparently someone's leg was broken in 3 places & emergency responders could be seen on the park's webcams.
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07/26/14 at 11:25pm in Cable Snapped on Skyhawk
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I read it on CP Rundown's Facebook page. Really insane as this sort of things happened last year according to locals.

I wonder how many cables the park will go through before taking it down... it took months for them to replace the cable last year.

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07/26/14 at 11:28pm in Cable Snapped on Skyhawk (Latest Edit: 07/26/14 at 11:30pm by Reece.)
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07/26/14 at 11:33pm in Cable Snapped on Skyhawk (Latest Edit: 07/26/14 at 11:33pm by FRANatic.)
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This has happened many times before. Surprised it's still allowed to happen.
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07/27/14 at 01:30am in Cable Snapped on Skyhawk
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According to Coastin' East, one of the injured people was actually struck in the face by debris, but he's supposedly OK.
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07/31/14 at 07:07am in Cable Snapped on Skyhawk (Latest Edit: 07/31/14 at 07:09am by Shane.)
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StarTribune.com Wrote:SANDUSKY, Ohio — 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.
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I don't know what is going on with all these ride accidents lately. They seem to be happening a lot more frequently then I ever remember then happening. This what, two for Cedar Point within two years? What gives?

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08/21/14 at 10:12pm in Cable Snapped on Skyhawk
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I believe these cables are getting way to hot given the overall size of the ride and the amount of friction that the cables undergo. The ride is only a minute long but it takes a lot of force to propel each side 60mph. The cables are drenched in coolant during the ride but it doesn't seem sufficient to me. But I will say, I have never seen the the inner workings of this ride for myself but merely made some observations.
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08/22/14 at 12:03am in Cable Snapped on Skyhawk
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S&S have a worse habit of snapping cables than Intamins do. They have a really bad habit of relying on cables for lots of their rides and it kinda sucks that S&S uses them more rigorously than Intamin of all companies ever will.
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08/22/14 at 10:44pm in Cable Snapped on Skyhawk
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I remember they also had a cable snap on TTD early on as well and while cables are fairly reliable and strong they do have wear and tear that things like magnets and newer technologies do not. It is simply an outdated technology when you compare it to many of the other rides at the park, but it works and it is definitely a really fun ride.
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