Bizarre tire accident causes Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance to shut down
SANDUSKY, OH – A bizarre accident forced Cedar Point’s newest roller coaster to shut down for the day and possibly longer.
A tire is to blame for the ride closing on Friday, August 10, 2018. Cedar Point’s communications director Tony Clark tells MLive the tire which detached was not actually on one of the coaster’s trains.
“A rubber tire from the ride’s drive system, located inside the track and not on the train itself, detached from its motor,” Clark said. “The ride stopped as designed and all riders were escorted off without incident. We hope to have the ride back up and running soon.”
EVERYTHING NEW AT CEDAR POINT FOR 2018
There’s no word on how this happened. According to people at the park, the ride did reopen just before closing.
While the new record coaster is fantastic, in our opinion (voted #1 on our new top 10 list), this is one of numerous incidents it has had since opening on May 5, 2018.
- May 5 – One of the coaster’s trains “lightly bumped” a parked train in the loading station. No one was hurt.
June 1 – Ride begins operating with two of its three trains after opening day accident left it operating with just one train
Mid July – Mobile phone policy change. For safety purposes, riders are no longer allowed to take their cell phones in the ride’s line.
July 21 – Police arrested a juvenile accused of throwing a hot sauce packet on a moving train which injured numerous people.
The coaster holds 10 world records for a steel/wood hybrid, including fastest, tallest, longest and most airtime. Here’s video of our test ride from a week before the park opened.