Ohio blames design flaw for Kings Island coaster accident
Written by Robert Niles
The Ohio Department of Agriculture has completed its investigation [press release and complete report, both PDF format] into last summer's accident on the Son of Beast roller coaster at Kings Island, located north of Cincinnati.Tweet
For those of you who've complained of a rough ride on this coaster -- you weren't imagining it. State investigators blamed the crash on design flaws in the coaster. Specifically, a vertical wooden support cracked because its design subjected it to more weight that it could bear. That, in turn, led to the failure of two other support legs, causing a dip in the track. The quality of the wood was fine -- it was the coaster's design that was flawed.
The state's ordered Kings Island to hire an engineering firm to examine and redesign the ride's support structure before the state will consider whether to reopen the coaster, which has been closed since the incident.
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