The new RMC "hyper hybrid" coaster Steel Vengeance might offer an amazing ride, but its operational record is in danger of becoming as much of a headache as riding its predecessor, Mean Streak, was for Cedar Point visitors.
The coaster closed again today after reports that a tire flew from the track into an area near the queue. It would be the second significant mishap on the Rocky Mountain Construction coaster since its debut last spring.
A Facebook user posted to a Cedar Point fan group that it appeared a drive wheel tire snapped. The tire then fell near the queue area, which snakes underneath the ride. No confirmation of those details from the park yet, though readers in the park report that ride ops are saying they expect an extended downtime. No injuries have been reported. Evening update: Details confirmed. Readers are saying trains were running again just before park close.
Steel Vengeance wowed us on its media preview day, but paying guests to the park got an abbreviated introduction to the coaster when it a returning train collided with a dispatching train in the station on its opening day. That forced Cedar Point to close the ride then to run it in one-train operation for an extended period upon its return.
Adding to the challenges, Cedar Point parent Cedar Fair this month reported attendance was down two percent and revenue down one percent across the company, which invested big in RMC coasters for this season.Tweet
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