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Footage shows woman screaming after being hit by metal object that fell from rollercoaster in Ohio


Bodycam footage shows woman screaming in agony after being hit in the head by metal object that fell from roller coaster at Ohio amusement park

  • Cedar Point amusement park officials say metal object came loose and fell onto people waiting to board the Top Thrill Dragster
  • Witnesses say the object fell onto the woman’s head, knocking her over
  • Guests rushed to her aid to stem the bleeding and call 911
  • EMS arrived within seconds to take the woman to a nearby hospital 
  • Ohio Department of Agriculture is investigating the incident 
  • State law dictates that a rollercoaster be inspected twice every year 
  • The roller coaster had been inspected and cleared in May and was due for its next inspection in September


The painful yells of a bleeding woman struck in the head by a metal object that fell from a roller coaster were captured on video by the bodycam of first responders after they arrived to treat her at the popular Ohio amusement park. 

The video shows Sandusky EMS workers hurriedly preparing a stretcher for the woman, who is heard off camera crying and screaming in pain. 

Her cries get louder as the first responders load her onto the stretcher.   

The unidentified woman was waiting in line for the Top Thrill Dragster coaster at the Cedar Point amusement park on Sunday when the metallic object suddenly knocked her to the ground. 

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and transferred to a trauma center. 

Her name and condition have not been released. 

EMS personnel arrived at the scene within seconds to help the woman, who was bleeding 

The victim was crying and screaming in agony after a metal object fell from the rollercoaster

The victim was crying and screaming in agony after a metal object fell from the rollercoaster

John McDermott, 27, said he was waiting in line with his girlfriend and son when he saw the object fall from the 420-foot-tall structure right in front of him. 

‘I saw the thing hit the crowd, the lady fell, I heard it bounce off the concrete. It was something metal. It wasn’t a small object. It was pretty big – bigger than the palm of my hand. It looked like a metal disc flying through the air,’ McDermott told Cleveland.com

McDermott said several people called 911 and rushed to the woman’s aid. Some took of their shirts to stop the bleeding until Sandusky EMS arrived. 

‘You need to send someone to Cedar Point,’ one guest said in a 911 call, Newsweek reported. ‘There’s someone who’s in bad shape … Something flew off of a ride and hit them and they’re bleeding from the head.’ 

Nurse David Vallo said EMS was at the scene in seconds of the incident, and transported the woman to Firelands Hospital with help from the Sandusky Fire Department, The News Messenger reported.  

A statement from Cedar Point said that a small metal object had become disengaged from a train on the rollercoaster as it was ending its run. 

‘At this time, our focus is on the guest and her family,’ said Tony Clark, director of communications for the park.

First responders hurried to get the woman on the stretcher and transported her to Fireland Hospital, where she was later transported to a trauma center

First responders hurried to get the woman on the stretcher and transported her to Fireland Hospital, where she was later transported to a trauma center

The metal object fell off the popular Top Thrill Dragster ride in Cedar Point amusement park

The metal object fell off the popular Top Thrill Dragster ride in Cedar Point amusement park

The rollercoaster is 420ft. tall and was last inspected in May, with a following inspection due in September. Ohio law requires rollercoasters to be inspected twice a year

The rollercoaster is 420ft. tall and was last inspected in May, with a following inspection due in September. Ohio law requires rollercoasters to be inspected twice a year

Three inspectors from the Ohio Department of Agriculture came to investigate the ride this week, according to agency spokeswoman Katie Boyer. The investigation is on going.  

The ride is currently closed.  

An Ohio law requires all rollercoasters to be inspected twice a year. The Top Thrill Dragster was last inspected on May 14, with it’s next inspection due in September. 

The Top Thrill Dragster is one of the most popular rides at Cedar Point. It first opened in 2003, stands 420ft. tall and goes from zero to 120mph in less than 4 seconds.   

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