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WildCat rollercoaster reopens at Cedar Point following accident

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Cedar Point has reopened its WildCat rollercoaster, just two days after a collision between two cars left seven riders with minor injuries.

The Toledo Blade reports that WildCat reopened at noon on Tuesday, June 7, following an inspection. The riders were hurt when one of the coaster's cars ran into the back of another when re-entering the station area, and park staff have reportedly made adjustments to the ride's braking system in order to prevent a repeat occurrence.

None of the seven riders was injured seriously in the accident, with three being taken to hospital as a precaution and released later in the evening. The remaining four affected passengers were treated in the park's first aid room. The lack of serious injuries meant that Ohio Department of Agriculture was not required to investigate the collision, as it does with more serious incidents.

Opened in 1970, WildCat is a steel Wild Mouse coaster designed by Anton Schwarzkopf. It sees guests boarding small cars that hold four passengers each, before racing around a series of hairpin turns and sudden drops. The ride's trains are designed to stop very suddenly at the end of the ride.

The most recent accident was the second involving WildCat in recent years, with ten riders having suffered minor injuries in May 2008. On that occasion, a car climbing the ride's lift hill rolled back down into another.


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