“After 19 seasons of operation and 18 million riders experiencing the world’s first roller coaster, Top Thrill Dragster, as you know it, has been retired,” the Ohio amusement park said. tweet one.
The 420-foot-tall ride has been closed since August 15, 2021, after being 44 years old. the woman was hit with a metal object while waiting in line.
According to Cedar Point, a metal object broke out of the passenger train on the ride – which goes from 0 to 120 mph in less than four seconds – because it was the end of the run, hitting the woman in the head.
The woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital. His current condition is unclear.
State investigators say they reviewed thousands of pages of maintenance records, witness reports and laboratory reports.
The division concluded that “there is sufficient evidence to find the actions or inactions of Cedar Point violate any of the laws or regulations” of the Ohio Revised Code.
park officials did not say if the accident affected their decision to permanently close the coaster, which has operated for 19 years and drawn 18 million riders.
Editor’s note: The video below explains the final report on the investigation into the accident in 2021.
The park said in a tweet that it is now creating “new and reimagined ride experiences,” saying “the legacy of ride innovation continues.” The park, which has disabled comments on the tweet, will share more details at a later date.
The Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey, is considered the tallest in the world at 456-feet tall.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.