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Kings Island closes Son of BeastSubmitted by Nick Sim on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 07:01
The Son of Beast wooden rollercoaster at Kings Island in Ohio has been shut after a woman claimed to have suffered a head injury while riding it.
The ride will remain closed while the state investigates the cause of the incident, and park engineers are poring over the ride looking for possible faults. There is currently no planned date for the ride to reopen.
In 2006 twelve people were injured on the ride when a broken support beam caused it come to a juddering halt in the station. The park invested significantly in repairs and upgrades before the ride eventually reopened, including removing a loop and replacing the coaster cars with lighter ones.
Nevertheless the ride continues to divide opinion, with some enjoying the "extreme" ride that it gives (typical of many wooden coasters), while others claim that it is too physically painful to be enjoyable.
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