Launch cable detaches on Ohio roller coaster; ride closed

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SANDUSKY, Ohio — The Top Thrill Dragster ride at Cedar Point theme park was closed on Monday after a launch cable detached during operations on Sunday night, according to WJW.

Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clarke said the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Two guests were taken to first aid for evaluation. They were released and then returned to the park.

“The ride will undergo a complete and thorough inspection (Tuesday) and is expected to reopen (Wednesday),” Clarke said. “As always, the safety of our guests and associates is our number one priority.”

According to Cedar Point’s website, the Top Thrill Dragster goes from 0 to 120 mph in less than four seconds. From a “standing start,” riders are launched forward then straight up and straight down, then back to the finish line.

In 2014, the Skyhawk was closed at the park after a cable on one of the ride’s carriages disconnected.

The cable came in contact with two guests. One was treated at the scene and released. The other guest was taken to the hospital for evaluation but was treated and released.