Cedar Point’s New Coaster Closes After Collision

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio was forced to close its newest coaster, hybrid steel-meets-wood Steel Vengeance, after some cars collided on opening day. One of the trains returning to the station “bumped” another train as it was parked in the loading station, according to a park official. Both trains carried riders on them. Four guests asked to be evaluated by a first aid team before joining the rest of the riders in the park.

Steel Vengeance was closed while the incident was being reviewed. The shutdown came as Cedar Point opened for the season. A spokesman said no further information was available.

Steel Vengeance replaces Cedar Point’s Mean Streak, a brutal wooden coaster that many ride enthusiasts chose to skip in recent years. Rocky Mountain Construction, an Idaho-based ride manufacturer, retooled the Mean Streak in a two-year transformation to replace its wooden tracks with the company’s patented IBox steel track. Alan Schilke, a structural engineer, masterminded the concept of IBox track along with Fred Grubb, the owner of RMC.

Construction on the coaster finished early this year. The ride has been in testing phase for several weeks. In the week before the opening, the park hosted several season-passholder preview events. Steel Vengeance was down for several hours during two out of three of those events.

As its hybrid designation implies, the ride straddles both the wood and steel coaster worlds. The reconfigured track enables the coaster to deliver much smoother rides. It is world’s tallest and fastest hybrid coaster. Steel Vengeance has a height of 205 feet, a drop of 200 feet, and a top speed of 74 mph.

Steel Vengeance is the steepest hybrid ride with its 90-degree first drop and is the longest at 5,740 feet. The new coaster also sends riders upside down—something most traditional wooden coasters don’t do. Steel Vengeance has the most inversions for a hybrid coaster with four and the most airtime of any roller coaster with a claimed 27.2 seconds of out-of-your-seat moments.

Cedar Point’s has a self-described designation as the roller coaster capital of the world. Its Magnum XL-200, which opened in 1989, was the first thrill machine to break the 200-foot-tall barrier. The view of Cedar Point’s coaster skyline and Lake Erie at the top of Steel Vengeance is impressive. The narrator of the coaster’s cinematic trailer calls it a “menacing and twisted machine so big and brazen, the likes of it had never been seen.”

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