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Launch cable detaches from Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster, two riders slightly injured

By Craig Webb Published: August 8, 2016

The launch cable detached on Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster just before closing time Sunday night injuring two riders.

The park closed the ride Monday so crews could make the necessary repairs and look into what caused the cable to detach.

Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark said two passengers on the coaster train that resembles a drag racing car were taken to park’s medical center as a precaution. They were treated and released.

"As always, the safety of our guests and associates is our No. 1 priority," Clark said.

He said the attraction is expected to reopen Tuesday.

The coaster launches from zero to 120 miles per hour in less than four seconds.

Riders are then whisked up and over a 420-foot-tall hill in less than 17 seconds.

Termed an “aggressive” thrill ride by Cedar Point, the Top Thrill Dragster built by Intamin opened to much fanfare in 2003.

When it opened it was the “tallest” and “fastest” roller coaster in the world, but the record was short lived when the next record-breaking coaster Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure opened two years later.

The first couple seasons were rough for the Dragster as it was often closed while the park and the manufacturer worked on issues with the ride’s hydraulic launch system.

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