‘Beyond Evil’: Amusement park guest hospitalized after metal object fell from roller coaster and hit her in the head

SANDUSKY, Ohio (WJW) — A woman is being treated for serious head injuries after being hit by a piece of metal that broke off a popular ride at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio on Sunday after -midday.

Cedar Point has confirmed that a metal object detached from a passenger train on the Top Thrill Dragster as it completed a run, hitting the victim in the head.

A witness called 911 and told the dispatcher, “You need to send someone to Cedar Point. There’s someone in bad shape… Something flew off a ride and hit him and he’s bleeding from his head.

Cedar Point later released a statement confirming an accident.

“The park’s EMS team and the Sandusky Fire Department responded immediately, and the guest was transported to the hospital for medical attention,” a statement from the park read in part. “At the moment, we are focusing on the guest and their family.”

(Photo courtesy: Cedar Point)

A representative from the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) was at the scene of the accident Sunday afternoon. Several inspectors and enforcement officers also arrived to continue the investigation the following day.

The ODA said the ride was last inspected May 14, 2021, and was scheduled for another in September.

Joe Graham of North Olmsted took his family to Cedar Point on Sunday and his 11-year-old son Nolan Haggerty was queuing for the Top Thrill Dragster when the accident happened.

“And we turn around and all we hear is, ‘Stop the ride, stop the ride. Somebody got hurt. We turn around and we see this lady on the ground injured, ”said Nolan Haggerty. “I was like ‘Why don’t they stop the ride? A lady is hurt, she needs help.

Medical professionals visiting the park rushed to treat the critically injured woman until paramedics arrived.

The woman was taken to Firelands Hospital in Sandusky and then transferred to a trauma center.

“The injuries were beyond serious, they weren’t good at all,” Haggerty said.

Graham added: “My reaction was, how did this happen?”

The Graham family are among visitors to Cedar Point who were surprised that the entire park was not closed so that each ride could be carefully inspected.

“I also understand it was a freak accident but you know parts are falling off. My issue was if it happened on a ride why didn’t they stop the others to make sure everything working properly there?” Graham said.

Sunday’s accident was not the first major incident involving the Top Thrill Dragster. In 2004, four people were injured when they were struck by debris which sheared off the ride’s launch cable.

The injuries sustained by the woman on Sunday have caused families like the Grahams to question the reliability of some of the rides at Cedar Point.

“I don’t want to go back for a while because I don’t know if it’s going to happen again,” Haggerty said.

The victim’s name and current condition have not been released.

Harold B. McConnell