Say Goodbye to World's 2nd Tallest Roller Coaster

Cedar Point in Ohio is shutting down the Top Thrill Dragster
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 6, 2022 2:16 PM CDT
Ohio Amusement Park to Close World's 2nd Tallest Coaster
Amusement park goers ride Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster on May 1, 2003, in Sandusky, Ohio. The amusement park in Ohio is permanently closing the world’s second-tallest roller coaster.   (Daniel Miller/The Sandusky Register via AP, File)

An amusement park in Ohio announced Tuesday it would be permanently closing the world’s second-tallest roller coaster. The decision by Cedar Point comes a year after a small metal object flew off the 420-foot-tall Top Thrill Dragster coaster and struck a woman in the head at the park in Sandusky. Per the AP, a state investigation found no evidence that the park acted illegally or had reason to believe the ride was unsafe. The ride has remained closed since the Aug. 15, 2021, accident. A year after the Top Thrill Dragster opened in 2003, four riders were slightly injured when metal shavings sheared off the coaster's launch cable.

Park officials did not say if last year's accident influenced their decision to permanently close the coaster, which has operated for 19 years and drawn 18 million riders. In a statement announcing the closure, the park noted its “legacy of ride innovation continues. Our team is hard at work, creating a new and reimagined ride experience.” It said more details about its plans would be disclosed in the future. The Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey, is considered the world's tallest with a 456-foot elevation.

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