SANDUSKY, Ohio — An amusement park ride in Ohio that swings riders into the air is closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two people.
About 10 p.m. Saturday, a cable attached to one of the Skyhawk ride's carriages disconnected. One rider was treated at a hospital and released, while the other rider was treated at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.
Skyhawk has two giant arms that swing riders at speeds of up to 60 mph. The park said the ride was temporarily closed in 2013 for an unrelated reason.
Season ticket holder Tom Achtziger and his two children were on the ride when the cable snapped.
"It was awful," said Achtziger in an e-mail. "When the cable broke they didn't stop the ride. They shut down the power and the ride kept swinging, letting gravity take over ... meanwhile the cable was whipping around smacking the ride and destroying things on the ground. We are all lucky that there were no more serious injuries."
Achtziger took a few photos from his seat on the ride.
"Some of these pictures were taken while we were still trapped in our seats as the ride would not release the safety belts," he said.
Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said the ride will remain closed until the park completes an investigation.
"Safety is our top priority," he said.
This is not the first time the ride has experienced problems. Skyhawk was shut down less than a day after it first opened in 2006. In 2013, it also was closed. Both previous shut downs were for unrelated technical problems.
Cedar Point is the flagship park of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the fourth-largest U.S. amusement park company.
Contributing: The Associated Press