Amusement park loses power after car hits power pole; customers escorted off rides

Cedar Point  amusement park. File photo. (Photo: JinJian Liang/Flickr/Creative Commons: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)
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Cedar Point amusement park. File photo. (Photo: JinJian Liang/Flickr/Creative Commons: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)

People celebrating Memorial Day at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, got a little more of a thrill than expected when some of the rides in the park stopped suddenly during a power outage Monday afternoon.

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It happened around 1:45 p.m. and affected "a section of the park," according to a statement from Cedar Point.

"The outage was caused by a vehicle accident in which a car struck a power pole. All of the rides that were affected safely came to a stop and all guests were escorted off," the statement said.

Local news outlets reported some patrons were initially stuck on several rides.

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Luckily, workers at the park, which is on the shore of Lake Erie and features 17 roller coasters, were able to fix the electrical outage in a couple of hours and get customers back to the business of having fun.

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Cedar Point, which opened in 1870, is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the country. It features a record-setting 72 rides, the most of any amusement park in the world.

WHIO.com contributed to this report.