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State inspectors descend on Cedar Point

Melissa Topey • Jul 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM


Inspectors with the Ohio Department of Agriculture will be arriving at Cedar Point in the next day or so.

They will be meeting with park officials and Skyhawk's manufacturer, S&S Power Inc,  to inspect and try to determine what caused a cable to snap Saturday night, said Brett Gates, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture which oversees amusement park rides in the state.

The ride is described by Cedar Point as "the world’s tallest swing ride at 125 feet. Two giant arms, each holding 20 riders, swing in a 60 mph scissor motion."

Skyhawk will not be allowed to reopen until inspectors review it and any repairs made.

The state, however, will not be conducting an “official accident investigation” because the incident has not been classified as an accident, Gates said. To meet that classification, at least one person would have to have been admitted to a hospital.

In an official “accident investigation” state inspectors talk to ride operators and riders, as well as conducting a ride inspection, to determine what happened, Gates said.

There will be no official investigation report but inspection reports will be done, he said.

Neither Gates not Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards would comment on how long the ride will be down or if it could be closed for the season.

“The investigation is ongoing. There is no other information at this time,” Edwards said.

Edwards also would not comment on whether Skyhawk had mechanical problems or if a cable was replaced last year.

A nearby gift shop employee told the Register Saturday night he heard a series of loud noises, like bangs, and then the ride jolted to a stop while one of the arms swung until gravity stopped it.

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