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Cedar Point accident: Log flume ride malfunctions, injures 7

A water ride at the Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio malfunctioned Friday, rolling backward down a hill, and flipping over in the water. All the passengers on the ride, seven total, were injured, though none seriously.

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Cedar Point police stand by as a person is tended to at the Shoot the Rapids ride at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio on Friday. A boat on the ride accidentally rolled backward down a hill and flipped over when the ride malfunctioned, injuring all seven people on it.

Jason Werling/The Sandusky Register/AP

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A boat on a thrill ride at an amusement park that bills itself as the best in the world accidentally rolled backward down a hill and flipped over in water when the ride malfunctioned Friday, injuring all seven people on it.

Operators stopped the Shoot the Rapids water ride after the accident, which occurred on the ride's first hill, the Cedar Point amusement park said. Park police officers, medical technicians, ride operators, and park visitors waded into the water and helped the passengers off the boat.

Cedar Point officials wouldn't say how the boat landed after rolling downhill. But witnesses told the Sandusky Register newspaper the boat flipped on its side or upside down.

Matthew Orr, of Euclid, was at the park and said people were belted into the boat and were trapped.

"We jumped in and helped them get out," he told the newspaper. "If we didn't help, I don't even know what would have happened."

In a 911 recording, the caller says she was on the ride when it capsized. "Some people are still in the water," she tells the dispatcher.

Cedar Point officials said six of the seven boat passengers on the log flume were evaluated and treated at the park and then were released and the other was taken to a hospital for further evaluation before being released.

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