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UPDATE: Track Work Finishes On Ohio Park's Thrill Ride

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE 1/24/2014 11:40 AM

MASON, Ohio (AP) - Workers installed the final piece of track on a roller coaster set to open this spring at Kings Island theme park in southwest Ohio.

Park officials said the remaining piece was put in place Thursday morning.

The $24 million "Banshee" coaster is described by the park as the world's longest inverted steel roller coaster. It will cover 4,124 feet of track and include seven inversions. The coaster will reach speeds of up to 68 mph over the two-minute, 40-second ride.

The latest attraction, slated to open April 18, occupies the area where the ill-fated Son of Beast roller coaster once stood.

The Son of Beast was billed as the world's tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster. Plagued by shutdowns and injuries, it was closed and taken apart in 2012.

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MASON, Ohio (AP) - Kings Island's latest thrill ride - the longest inverted steel roller coaster in the world - is opening next spring.

The southwest Ohio theme park announced details of the 167-foot "Banshee" coaster late Thursday. The park's 15th coaster will cover more than 4,000 feet of track and include seven inversions. It will reach speeds of up to 68 mph over the two-minute, 40-second ride.

The new coaster will occupy the area where the ill-fated Son of Beast roller coaster once stood.

The Son of Beast opened with fanfare in 2000, billed as the world's tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster with a signature loop. Plagued by shutdowns and injuries, it was closed for good and was finally taken apart last year.

"Banshee" is set to open in April 2014.

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