People dying in KI. What's true? What's not?

Kings Island: I heard alot about people dying at KI. I think I'd be interesting to know what happened. If you have any information please tell!

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 10, 2009 at 10:00 PM
I just went to KI yesterday, and I've heard alot about people dying there. I would like to know what's true and what's not. If you know anything please share, it would be interesting. Thank you!

From David Graham
Posted June 11, 2009 at 8:31 AM
That is interesting, can't want to hear if anyone has any info to share on this. Have to look at snopes or google search to see.

From Brandon S
Posted June 11, 2009 at 10:35 AM
Most if not all are not true. People like to make rumors like these to scare others. If you go to any major park, you'll hear rumors like this. I don't know of anyone who has died at Kings Island, but I'm not completly sure.

From Steve Pint
Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:18 PM
Like Brandon said, probably rumors, I'm also sure we would've heard on Screamscape as well.

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 11, 2009 at 1:05 PM
Ok, I just thought it would be interesting to hear some of the stories so if anyone has any stories, true or not, I would still like to hear. It's fun to read on days where you have nothing to do haha. Thanks guys! (:

From Derek Potter
Posted June 11, 2009 at 4:31 PM
3 deaths at KI in the almost 40 year history...incidently on the same day..June 9, 1991. That morning, two men were electrocuted when they jumped in a pond to rescue another man who went in after his hat. Electrocutions were caused by a water pump. That evening, a highly intoxicated woman fell out of the ride "Flight Commander" and died. Flight Commander closed shortly after the incident.

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 11, 2009 at 4:45 PM
OMG!! I went to Kings Island on June 9th!! That's creepy, but interesting! Thank you! If anyone has more stories keep it coming!(:

From Eli Katzman
Posted June 11, 2009 at 6:34 PM
All I know of is that people were INJURED when Son of Beast had the loop.

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:55 PM
Ya I heard that in 2006 27 people were injured and 10 of those people had to go to the hospital becuase of a malfunction on the Son of Beast, but I don't know if that was after the loop or while they still had it. I know that if they still had the loop I would definitley not be riding it at all.

From Brandon S
Posted June 11, 2009 at 9:13 PM
Ahh, the loop. I wish I would of had the chance to ride it with the loop.

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 11, 2009 at 9:53 PM
Haha sounds too dangerous for me! Especially since its wooden.

From Eli Katzman
Posted June 12, 2009 at 1:49 PM
It's not dangerous any more, just a rough woodie.

Here, I have time for a story-- So, yes, in '06, KI came out with the son of beast. The first trains they tried were too light, and couldn't get around the track because the loop slowed it down too much. So, they tried heavier trains, which worked. Later that year, it got slightly derailed (because the trains were too heavy) and a lot of people got injured. KI was forced to take out the loop, so they could put in slightly smoother and lighter trains. But from people that I know who rode it with the loop, they said that when it was in, that was the smoothest part of the ride!

... SO... it's not dangerous anymore, just a rough woodie. Feel free to ride it without any major injuries! I mean, SOME ONE has to get a head shock or something from a rough woodie sometime... I know I have... (Roar @ SFA!)

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 13, 2009 at 7:33 AM
Yeah the Son of Beast and Beast were really fun. I'm glad they took out the loop though, if not I'd probably be too scared to ride it haha. Anyways, I really didn't think that Son of Beast was that bumby, my dad and my brother thought that the bumpiness ruined the fun of the ride. I really didn't get beat up that much, it was mainly my legs that banged back and forth. Whenever you were waiting in line and you saw people come back they would look all hunched up and a little irratated because of how bumpy it was! Haha! I'm really glad I rode Son of Beast and Beast though. Now I can be proud to tell all my friends that I rode the tallest and fastest wooden rollercoaster in the world! :-)

From Brandon S
Posted June 13, 2009 at 9:25 AM
Eli, Son of Beast was built in 2000.

From Eli Katzman
Posted June 13, 2009 at 9:40 AM
Oh, sorry. I don't know why I was thinking '06... they probably got new trains that year, I think... Oh, that's the year people were injured.

Nikki, Beast is the longest, too! and son of beast is 2nd!

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 13, 2009 at 11:22 AM
Ahh, well I rode both and I'm glad I did. They were very very fun! I enjoyed Son of Beast more than Beas though, I really don't know why. I like how the Beast had tunnels and stuff and the turns that was really fun! (:

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 13, 2009 at 11:24 AM
Oh and by the way, is the story about The Bat true?

From Eli Katzman
Posted June 13, 2009 at 3:26 PM
I doubt it. Even if it is, ANY amusement park wouldn't or wouldn't be allowed by law to keep it open without solving the problem. If they didn't do anything, and the deaths are true, it was probably the passengers' fault.

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 13, 2009 at 4:24 PM
Ohh, I heard that the carts fell off or something. Apparently they had hanging carts and two of them fell off falling to the ground killing two people. I'm not sure if it's true.

From Derek Potter
Posted June 13, 2009 at 5:20 PM
This is a fairly widespread rumor, but there were no deaths or injuries on The Bat. It was the prototype Arrow suspended coaster and was installed in 1981 where Vortex now sits. Maintenance issues led the park to close it in 1984.

Correction to a previous post. I forgot about the other death at Kings Island. It was in May of 1983. A teenager entered a restricted area of the Eiffel Tower and fell to his death.

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 13, 2009 at 6:52 PM
Wow would you really be that dumb to enter a restricted area?! Well unless you wanted to comit suicide but seriously life is awesome! You should live it to the fullest no matter what and try to look at the good things in life. Anyways, thanks Derek, I just wanted to know exactly what that was.

From Eli Katzman
Posted June 15, 2009 at 4:11 AM
Yeah, why would you go 2 an amusement park to die? Everyone's happy, and now they're not... also, you're super pissed at yourself and life, so it doesn't go well together.

From steve lee
Posted June 15, 2009 at 4:57 AM
Nikki: "Wow would you really be that dumb to enter a restricted area?!"

You've never read the safety data section of this site, have you? There are plenty of folks out there who are dumber than a bag of hammers.

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 15, 2009 at 6:07 PM
Haha maybe I should read it then. It just seems like people don't have any more common sense these days! What has this world turned into?

From Kevin K
Posted November 28, 2009 at 6:17 AM
A boy named Johnny DID fall to his death, or got torn up by the Eiffel Tower wires when he went over the restricted fence and climbed to the top during Senior Night in 1983. Since then the park blocked access to the first platform all together. He is who people refer to when they talk about "Tower Johnny" Lots of mishaps at King's Island have been blamed on him. Also, in the 70s a worked was mauled by a lion and killed. Sometime in the late 90s a lady died on a ride... but it was because of a heart issue she had before the ride. And not the fault of King's Island.

Actually all of the deaths but maybe the electrocution one was the fault of the person that died.

The lion mauling, the person that was killed wasn't taking proper security measures.

The tower mishap. Johnny climbed over a restricted fence and did many things he was told not to do.

"Black Sunday"

The electrocutions happened because of faulty wiring on the part of King's Island. Having said that, I think that section is roped off, or signs were their telling customers to stay out.

The girl that fell out of the flight deck ride was very very very drunk, and was said to either

1. Got herself out of the restraints to get a better look at the Helicopter that was picking up the victims of the electrocution, slipped, and fell to her death.


2. Was so drunk she passed out when she spun the ride upside down (You can do this) and left the ride that way, causing her to fall out.

Being that the ride was re-opened and had different restraints, and would only allow you to stay upside down after so many minutes, I am betting the latter.

I was at King's Island a week after Black Sunday and the employees told me all about it. Apparently King's Island paid money to those around the ride to get them proper psychiatric treatment because what happened was so horrific. Seeing a girl fall that far to only hit the pavement and BOUNCE a good 4 feet before hitting it again. I heard the scene was HORRIFIC.

I was also at King's Island about 2 months after Johnny fell to his death. I found out about this one when I asked an employee that was working there that day why the first platform was sealed off. It hadn't been the year before. He told me about the accident and said it was REALLY bloody. That the 1st platform was a mess. That the boy was really cut up badly. (So the wires getting him was probably true)

Of course at the time I thought he was just messing with me, trying to scare me. It wasn't until I looked it up on the internet and found the story.

Basically though, King's Island is a VERY VERY safe place. ESPECIALLY when you follow all their rules. They are there for a reason.

Even with the deaths that happened, KI has been opened for DECADES. The accident to safety record is just obnoxiously positive.

You are more likely to die on the way to or back from King's Island in a automobile than you are to die there.

BTW that has also happened. It's what started MAAD.,_Kentucky_bus_collision

From Eli Katzman
Posted November 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Welcome to TPI, kevin.

From Kevin K
Posted December 13, 2009 at 5:41 AM
Thanks.. I really just registered here to respond to this post. I have done a lot of research of the goings on at King's Island.

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