Cedar Point's 'Shoot the Rapids' ride malfunctions injuring seven passengers

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Several passengers were injured when a ride at Cedar Point went backwards down a hill Friday night.

The incident happened on Shoot the Rapids shortly before 7 p.m.

In a statement, Cedar Point said the ride rolled back down the lift. Ride operators, guests, police and EMS staff helped passengers off the ride.

All seven people in the boat were taken to Cedar Point's first aid station. Six were treated and released by the park's medical staff, Cedar Point said.

One person was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. That passenger has since been released from the hospital.

Cedar Point said the incident was reported to state officials and it is under investigation. Shoot the Rapids will remain closed until state inspectors complete their review.

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