A popular amusement park is has planned to remove a wooden roller coaster plagued by problems since its 2000 opening in southwest Ohio.
Kings Island says it will begin dismantling the Son of Beast coaster this summer to make room for future expansion. A park statement does not say what will replace it.
The ride was billed as the world's tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster when it opened. It closed for nearly a year for reconstruction after more than two dozen people were injured in a 2006 accident. The park closed it again in 2009 after a woman reported she was injured. The park near Cincinnati did not reopen it even though state inspectors found no ride irregularities.
The track rose to a 218-foot peak with trains reaching speeds of 78 mph.
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