The Washington Post

Second-tallest roller coaster closing forever


An amusement park in Ohio announced Tuesday that it will permanentl­y close the world’s second-tallest roller coaster.

The decision by Cedar Point comes a year after a small metal object flew off the 420-foot-tall Top Thrill Dragster coaster and struck a woman in the head, seriously injuring her, at the park in Sandusky. A state investigat­ion found no evidence that the park acted illegally or had reason to believe the ride was unsafe.

The ride has remained closed since the Aug. 15, 2021, accident. Park officials did not say whether the accident influenced their decision to permanentl­y close the coaster, which operated for 19 years and drew 18 million riders.

In a statement, the park said, “Our team is hard at work, creating a new and reimagined ride experience.”

The Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, N. J., is considered the world’s tallest with a 456-foot elevation.

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