Cedar Point's VertiGo suffers partial collapse

Posted Monday, January 14, 2002 5:12 PM | Contributed by James Disney

According to the Toledo ABC affiliate, one of the towers on Cedar Point's VertiGo, an S&S Power "Absolutely Insane" ride, fell to the ground from the 65-foot level.

Read more from WTVG in Toledo.

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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:14 PM
WOW!!  what would have caused this?? Thank God it didn't hit maggie!!
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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:16 PM
I hope it's not a design flaw!

I wonder if Knotts and SFMM will close theirs?

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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:19 PM
according to a huge thread on GTTP,  S&S is being brought in to investigate 
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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:19 PM
At least it happened now and not during the season.
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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:20 PM
proboly... till CP/S&S/whoever figures out what was wrong... just like how Chaos at MiAdv affected other Chaos's when that went boomboom... if they figure it wasnt a design flaw then i am sure KBF and SFMM wont be down for long if they shut em down
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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:21 PM
i'm interested in the cause of this! 65 feet up isn't that all that high up!

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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:24 PM
Material flaw.  Probably some bad metal, or heavy wind.
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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:25 PM
I would think  the wind wouldn't have done this. the towers pry get more pressure on them when they are launching riders 
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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:25 PM
DawgByte II's avatar Gotta be the weather & winds off of Lake Erie...

 

...at least that's my guess.

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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:29 PM
I'm curious to see what effect this will have on not only the other Absolutely Insane rides at Knott's and Magic Mountain, but also the rides that were supposed to be installed this year at other parks as well.

JD
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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:34 PM
Well, if it is wind, then people should not be scared, since I'm sure the park wouldn't operate it in high winds anyways.
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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:35 PM
Wasn't this S&S's prototype? Maybe that had an effect on it?

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Wicked Twists: ???
VertiGo Shots: 32

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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:40 PM
Jeff's avatar We'll probably have to wait until there's more information tomorrow. No sense in speculating tonight. I doubt very much wind is a factor. The only thing unique about the environment there is that we had rain followed by freezing. 65 feet sounds a lot like the place where the first or second joint in the tower is.

Like I said, I guess we'll know more tomorrow.

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Monday, January 14, 2002 5:55 PM
LIke Jeff said there was rain and freezing around CP. Metal can be effected by temperature changes. Heat expands, cold contracts. If there was a drastic change in temperature the metal supports could break. Sorta like when you put a hot glass in cold water...it shatters.
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Monday, January 14, 2002 6:26 PM
what kind of ride is VertiGo?  I look on rcdb.com and couldnt find any pictures.
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Monday, January 14, 2002 6:37 PM
I thought I'd never hear myself say this but for once, I'm thankful it's the offseason.  If this were any normal operating day in the schedule, this could have been a major accident. 
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Monday, January 14, 2002 6:40 PM
As soon as my baby is fixed and opened next season It wont affect me from riding! See you in May, VertiGo!
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Monday, January 14, 2002 6:44 PM
It's a new pay-per-ride attraction.  It uses 3 towers... and a vehicle in the middle of the towers is shot up using air. 

Here's a few photos of the VertiGo attraction at Knott's Berry Farm.
Ride vehicle: http://www.westcoaster.net/images/updates/92801/92601-kbf006-lrg.jpg
The ride vehicle after being shot up between the towers: http://www.westcoaster.net/images/updates/92801/92601-kbf014-lrg.jpg
The three towers from a distance: http://www.westcoaster.net/images/updates/92101/92101-kbf001-lrg.jpg

I hope that helps...

JD
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Monday, January 14, 2002 7:30 PM
Hmmmm i beat S&S will be at SFMM and SFAW, and KBF, I think SFAW or EG getting one.
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