I'm not sure I'm overly happy about this, seems too rushed for what is a serious issue, albeit with minimal injuries. If a ride systems failure, then surely the same issue could reappear, or occur in more high speed areas of the ride.
The ride ran a single train on re-opening and apparently queue crowd control was handled by the police, who weren't the friendliest.
I've seen reports now that two people did end up at the hospital with what looks like whiplash like injuries. They went a couple of hours after the incident. https://twitter.com/OneWheelProds/statu ... 35712?s=09
The same Twitter account has also stated one rumor they heard which was the ride was running in maintenance mode. https://twitter.com/OneWheelProds/statu ... 55842?s=09
If it was operating in maintenance mode, then it would validate why they believe the ride was safe again to reopen so quickly. But if it was running in maintenance mode with guests onboard then that's a huge operations issue that could be park wide.
A real shame, as I was going to sort out planning and booking a trip this weekend. But I'll be waiting now to hear more about what happened now. I just get the feeling that having the ride open on opening weekend was more important to the park then guest safety. If this had been a UK park then the attraction would have been closed for weeks. If it was caused by the ride running in maintenance mode, then the park would have been closed until HSE were happy procedures were in place to stop that happening again. I'm guessing here the park self certificates.
Edit: Sad thing is this isn't the first time this has happened at Cedar Point. In 2007 Magnum did the exact same thing, which was then blamed on a wet track.http://www.wtol.com/story/6573881/cedar ... =printable