Ohio man hospitalized after being struck by roller coaster: police

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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An Ohio man was “critically injured” after he was struck by a fast-moving roller coaster at Kings Island amusement park in Mason, police said.

According to the Mason Police Department, a 38-year-old unidentified man suffered a critical injury after he was hit by the Banshee roller coaster at the park located roughly 30 minutes north of Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Police were called to a report of “a subject down on the ground in one of the restricted areas” by the 4,124-foot inverted roller coaster, which tops out at 68 mph.

Law enforcement said the male victim allegedly dropped his keys while riding on the coaster and entered the fenced-in restricted area to retrieve them.

The man was “believed to have been struck by the ride” while he was in the restricted area, police said.

He was determined to have suffered a critical injury. 

He was transported to a local hospital and then flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.

It was not immediately clear the extent of the man’s injuries.

Park guests on Reddit claimed to have seen the man before and after the incident, sharing their experience on the social media site.

“We were in the front row and towards the end of the ride, there was a man’s body lying face down on the grass below the coaster,” a person wrote. “We don’t know if he was alive.”

“This was my first year here, and I thought it was a prop to go along the Haunted Hill section of the amusement park,” another wrote. “Does the banshee (sic) ride low enough to hit someone if they jumped the fence?”

The Banshee roller coaster will remain closed while officials investigate the incident, a park spokesperson confirmed to Fox News Digital.

“Kings Island’s focus continues to be on the welfare of the guest and his family,” they said.

Get updates on this story at FOXNews.com.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.