Bungee jumping at Cedar Point
SANDUSKY, Ohio — An amusement park visitor died after he slipped into a restricted area and was struck by a roller coaster in Ohio.
Investigators said he jumped a fence Thursday and entered a restricted area to retrieve those belongings. That's when he was struck by the roller coaster's train. He later died.
Cedar Point released this statement about the deadly collision:
"At approximately 5 p.m., a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of the Raptor roller coaster and was struck by the ride. Park safety officials responded immediately to the situation. Unfortunately the guest has passed away. Local authorities are on the scene conducting an investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time."
No one else was hurt in the incident, according to Sandusky Assistant Police Chief Phil Frost.
As one of the top attractions in north-central Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie, Cedar Point has attracted legions of visitors since opening 146 years ago - a fact that makes it North America's second oldest continually operated amusement park, according to its website.
Roller coasters are a big part of the draw, with Cedar Point boasting more than 10 miles of track and claiming to be the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World."
Raptor is one of Cedar Park's 17 coasters, twisting people up, down and all around at speeds reaching 57 mph, though Frost didn't say how fast it was going at the time.