Kings Island has officially confirmed that it will finally dismantle and remove the shuttered Son of Beast roller coaster from the park.
Son of Beast has been closed since June 2009, after a woman claimed that it caused a blood vessel in her brain to burst. Ohio state investigators later ruled that the ride design was not at fault for the injury, but Kings Island opted to keep the ride closed while it considered options for its future. Now, it has confirmed via a posting on its official Facebook page that the wooden coaster will never operate again.
Kings Island's statement read: "After a lengthy evaluation of all alternatives, the decision has been made to remove the Son of Beast roller coaster to make room for future park expansion. The dismantling of the ride, which last operated in 2009, will begin later this summer."
When it opened in 2000, Son of Beast was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. Standing at some 218-feet-tall, it was originally constructed with a 118-foot vertical loop in its circuit, making it the first modern wooden coaster to incorporate such an inversion.
The ride was closed in July 2006 when a part of its structure failed, creating a fault in the track that led to a train coming to a sudden stop. As a result, the ride's train were replaced with lighter versions to reduce stress on the track, and the loop was removed.
Following the second incident in June 2009, Son of Beast was closed and never again reopened. Kings Island is believed to have considered overhauling it once again, but the cost of doing so and the negative public perception of the ride may have resulted in the decision to dismantle it.