World's second-tallest rollercoaster is closing permanently

A year ago, a small metal object flew off the 128-metre tall Top Thrill Dragster ride and struck a woman in the head

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An amusement park in Ohio announced on Tuesday it would be permanently closing the world’s second-tallest rollercoaster.

The decision by Cedar Point comes a year after a small metal object flew off the 128-metre tall Top Thrill Dragster ride and struck a woman in the head 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.

Amusement park visitors ride Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster in Sandusky, Ohio, in May 2003. AP

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

In a statement announcing the closure, the park noted it “legacy of ride innovation continues. Our team is hard at work, creating a new and reimagined ride experience”.

It said more details about its plans would be disclosed in the future.

The Kingda Ka rollercoaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey, is considered the world's tallest, with a 139-metre elevation.

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Updated: September 07, 2022, 1:26 PM
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