The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Cedar Point coaster drops metal plate, injuring woman

- By John Seewer

TOLEDO >> A piece of metal that flew off the world’s second-tallest roller coaster and hit a woman in the head while she stood in line came from the back of the ride’s train and was about the size of a fist, an amusement ride safety official said Monday.

It’s not known yet what caused the accident a week ago on the 420-foot tall Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster at Cedar Point, said David Miran, head of Ohio’s amusement ride safety division.

Authoritie­s and amusement park officials have not released the condition of the victim, who is a 44-year-old woman from Swartz Creek, Michigan, according to an accident report released by the state.

She could be heard screaming on body-camera footage released by police. She was treated at a hospital near the park in Sandusky before being moved to a hospital in Toledo, officials said.

The metal L-shaped bracket that hit the woman on Aug. 15 was attached to the back of the train and hovers above the track, Miran said. It’s part of the sensor system that tells the coaster’s computer where the train is on the track, he said.

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