The Vortex rollercoaster at Kings Island is set for an extended period of downtime, after the chain on its lift hill broke on July 1, 2011.
Cincinnati.com reports that the chain failed while pulling a train up the lift hill, with riders being safely evacuated. Kings Island is now awaiting a replacement part for the coaster before it can return to action, with no reopening date having been set.
Opened in 1987, Vortex is a steel rollercoaster manufactured by Arrow Dynamics. At the time of its debut, it featured more inversions (six) than any other coaster in the world, and was also briefly the tallest coaster in the world.
Kings Island opened two new attractions in 2011, as well as making a host of upgrades to existing rides. Theme Park Tourist recently posted in-depth reviews of the WindSeeker spinning tower ride and Dinosaurs Alive! interactive exhibit.