Power outage strands riders on the roller coaster in Ohio
Raw video: Thrill seekers trapped at Cedar Point amusement park.
A power outage at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, brought rides to a stop on the Monday afternoon — and stranded dozens of guests on one of the park’s most popular roller coasters.
Sarah Parry, a guest of the park, claims riders on the Millennium Force roller coaster sat on their seats for at least an hour. She also shared pictures that showed the roller coaster stopped mid-ride and the lift hill.
“I’m still here and it is more than an hour and it still hasn’t moved,” Parry wrote on Twitter. “Other tours are very good.”
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Witnesses say that the Millennium Force was not the only stage affected by the outage, with many noting that the Sky Ride, crashing her cart, and Rougaru had come to a standstill.
About an hour into the outage in Cedar Point. People stuck on plenty of rides including crashing her cart and Sky Ride. Here they are to check on the Millennium Force riders. pic.twitter.com/tveu5mDH1n
— Matt Lydy (@mlydy) May 28, 2018
Stuck on rougarou at cedar point today. Finally got us over the top. All the rides are shut down because of a power failure. pic.twitter.com/CVvP7XfvtZ
— Stephen Howard (@plopbellie) May 28, 2018
The Sky Ride station seemed to be smoking during the power outage.
Power @cedarpoint. These people were stuck on the skyride and it looks like the generator blew. Go there for a while. pic.twitter.com/3xhzgcsGDX
— Brian Fontanella (@BrianFontanella) May 28, 2018
“It was really scary. I felt really bad for them. Especially look around on the Millennium Force. People on the cable ride, the swings. You saw so many people stuck. It was so awful,” said Alecia Beggs, a guest who spoke with Fox 8 Cleveland.
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The power to the park was originally lost around 1:45 pm, after a car struck a utility pole, according to Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark. The power was only restored about two hours later, according to Cedar Point.
Employees were said to have been to help stranded guests from the rides in the meantime.
The power is restored and the rides are open as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
— Cedar Point (@cedarpoint) May 28, 2018
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Monday power outage is the second incident to happen to Cedar Point this month. On May 5, the park Steel Revenge roller coaster was shut down after one of the trains “light collided against a parked train in the loading station.” It was the ride of the first day of the operation.