Son of Beast roller coaster

The Son of Beast rollercoaster at Kings Island will remain closed for the rest of the season, with the park reportedly considering its complete removal.

The coaster was closed in June after a woman claimed the ride caused a blood vessel in her brain to burst. Ohio state investigators spent six weeks looking into the incident, ultimately deciding that the injury was not caused by any design flaws on the ride.

Despite this, Kings Island has ruled out re-opening Son of Beast this season and says it will decide on the coaster's future during the off-season.

Screamscape has suggested that complete demolition of the ride is one option under serious consideration. The other options are considerably more expensive, and involve either replacing the ride's entire wooden support system with a steel structure, or removing the two giant helixes which have caused many of the its previous problems.

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 Son of Beast 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.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored temporary ride closures through Theme Park Tourist's "Rehab Watch" pages.


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