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History of The Bat

Kings Island: Rumors about the Kings Island ride "The Bat"

From Kevin K
Posted November 28, 2009 at 1:02 PM
For years I remember hearing a story on the news about someone being killed on the Kings Island ride "The Bat" After awhile I just thought it was all in my head.

Then after reading about MANY OTHER people on the net around the area ALSO hearing about the SAME story, I started wondering.

Was there ANY accidents on the bat that someone got hurt in? They didn't have to die or anything.

I realize how stories get distorted and made worse than they were. This might be the case.

I am asking those that either worked there at the time, Or know the history.

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From James Koehl
Posted November 28, 2009 at 5:23 PM
Being one of the fifteen or so people who actually got to ride the Bat (yes, it was broken down that often), the only way I can imagine anyone dying on it was from boredom. The only part we enjoyed was the loading building design, and they kept that when they reused it for Vortex.

From steve lee
Posted November 28, 2009 at 6:12 PM
Per Wikipedia:

Many false rumors about the coaster's removal still persist to this very day. Contrary to urban myths, the coaster never had an accident nor were people injured or killed riding The Bat. The most popular rumor suggests that the uncontrolled swinging led to cars slamming into a support pillar crushing riders. This is false since The Bat train could in no way swing far enough to hit one.

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