Son of Beast coaster accident sends dozens to hospitals
Written by Robert Niles
An accident at the Son of Beast roller coaster at Kings Island late Sunday afternoon sent abnout two dozen people to Cincinnati-area hospitals. Local authorities said most of the injured were treated and released for minor neck and chest injuries, but that at least one person was admitted for more extensive treatment.Tweet
The incident happened at the end of the train's run, when it stopped abruptly in the station, according to several witness reports.
Update: It was a busted timber. The Cincinnati Enquirer is quoting a state ride inspector saying that one of the ride's wooden support beams is "cracked and had actually splintered in places." The ride is closed indefinitely.
A broken main support beam on a roller coaster is like a broken leg on a racehorse. Sure, you could spend many millions to repair it. But in most cases, you just put 'er down. Given this ride's awful reputation for roughness, one wonders if new owners Cedar Fair will be willing to undertake the expense of rebuilding the ride... or will cut the loss and find a replacement instead.
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