OHIO – A guest at an Ohio amusement park was killed after he was struck by a popular roller coaster Thursday afternoon, officials said. The accident happened at Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio.
Cedar Point had been named “The World’s Best Amusement Park” for more than 15 years, until recently, by industry publication Amusement Today. Bryan Edwards, a spokesman for Cedar Point, said in a statement: “At approximately 5 p.m., a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of the Raptor roller coaster and was struck by the ride. Park safety officials responded immediately to the situation. Unfortunately the guest has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time.”
Erie County Coroner Brian Baxter told NBC station WKYC of Cleveland that the victim was a man in his 40s. No other details were released. The Associated Press quoted officials as saying he was trying to retrieve his cellphone.
The Raptor, described by Cedar Point as an aggressive thrill ride, reaches speeds up to 57 mph. Alex Nay was waiting in line to ride the coaster when the gruesome scene unfolded. Nay took a photo that showed a bloodied person laying on the ground. “I didn’t see it happen because I was about to get on the ride, but I saw him laying on the ground and the medics giving him chest compressions and eventually stop,” he said.
The incident fell on the same day that more than 6,000 people attended the park as a part of the LeBron James Family Foundation’s long-term partnership with Cedar Point.