Man Tragically Killed By Roller Coaster at Cedar Point Theme Park
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Tragedy struck Thursday evening when a man at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, was killed after being struck by a roller coaster.
In a report from Greg Botelho and Rob Frehse of CNN.com, a 45-year-old man James A. Young II of East Canton, Ohio, was on the Raptor roller coaster at around 5 p.m. local time when several items he was carrying on the ride came loose and fell to the ground below.
Sandusky Assistant Police Chief Phil Frost told CNN.com that Young exited the ride and then climbed a fence to enter the restricted area around the roller coaster in order to collect the items he had lost.
Once over the fence, the man was struck by the train of the Raptor coaster at an estimated 57 miles per hour and the ride was immediately shut down for the safety of emergency personnel. Safety officials at Cedar Point were called to the scene and arrived quickly, but the guest passed away from his injuries.
Young was visiting the park with his friends, but no one else was injured in the incident.
Justin Wm. Moyer of The Washington Post is reporting that Young was a teacher who had just received a job as a high school guidance counselor. Young’s mother, Brenda, told The Washington Post, “That was one of his favorite places to go. He went there every summer with his friends. It was a fun time for him. Just a little break before school started in a couple weeks. He was a wonderful, wonderful person.”
Cedar Point released an official statement about the incident on Twitter:
At 5 pm, a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of Raptor and was struck by the ride. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.— Cedar Point (@cedarpoint) August 13, 2015
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