Kings Island has begun the long process of removing Son of Beast, the record-breaking wooden roller coaster that has been closed since June 2009.
The park has posted a number of images on its official blog, showing the dismantling of the first parts of the coaster's circuit. In total, more than 1.65 million feet of timber will be removed, leaving a 12-acre area that Kings Island will use for future expansion.
Son of Beast's fate was sealed in July, when Kings Island announced that it would never again reopen. The ride has been closed since an incident in 2009 that saw a woman claim that it had caused a blood vessel in her brain to burst.
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 first 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.