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EMTs respond to Cedar Point incidents

Sandusky Register Staff • Jul 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Cedar Point paramedics responded to two serious incidents on Saturday.

Park spokesman Bryan Edwards confirmed that a park maintenance employee was injured at about 3 a.m. Saturday while working on Millennium Force.   

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the employee and his family,” Edwards said. He did not know the nature of the maintenance employee’s injuries, but they were not life threatening. Edwards was unsure of how far the employee fell, but the man may have been working near the coaster’s station.   

Cedar Point paramedics took the man to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment.    “Safety continues to be Cedar Point’s No. 1 priority,” Edwards said.   

Then, at about 4 p.m. Saturday, a Columbus-area man suffered a medical condition while riding GateKeeper. The man was found unresponsive when the train he was in returned to the station. Cedar Point paramedics resuscitated the man and took him to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where he was treated before being transported to an Elyria hospital.

On Sunday the man was relocated to a hospital closer to his home in Columbus.   

Edwards declined to release the man’s name, but he said the man appears to have survived a medical condition that was unrelated to the ride.    At about 10 p.m. Saturday, state inspectors authorized GateKeeper to reopen after determining the ride was functioning normally and there were no operational issues. Millennium Force also underwent an inspection early Saturday morning, and the ride was ready for guests when the park opened for the day.

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