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March 7, 2002

Cedar Fair Removing Vertigo Thrill Rides From Parks

Sandusky, OH -- Cedar Fair announced they will remove the Vertigo thrill rides from Cedar Point and Knott's Berry Farm. The decision comes following the collapse of one of the steel towers on the ride at Cedar Point.

The park said that they do not know what caused the collapsed, but felt that few people would be willing to ride after the incident.

In January, one of the three 265-foot steel towers on the ride broke off 65 feet above the ground. Fortunately, no one was injured and there was minimal damage.

The ride called "Absolutely Insane" was designed by S&S Power of Utah. Six passengers ride at once in a vehicle that launches them using compressed air 300 feet into the air at speeds near 50 mph.

There are three installations of this thrill ride in United States. Two at Cedar Fair parks and one at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California. Riders pay an additional fee to ride the attraction.

VertiGo opened at Cedar Point last August and the one at Knott's Berry Farm opened in October. All three rides were closed following the collapse for an investigation.

The ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain remains closed, but the park has not yet decided to remove the ride.