In an announcement on Tuesday, Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio notified that it would be permanently closing the world’s second-tallest roller coaster.
Top Thrill Dragster coaster is to stop taking people on thrilling rides forever after a small metal object flew off the 128-meter tall roller coaster last year, striking a woman in the head at the park in Sandusky.
At the time, a state investigation found no evidence that the park acted illegally or had reason to believe the ride was unsafe. But, the ride has remained closed since the Aug. 15, 2021 accident. Park officials did not say if the accident influenced their decision to permanently close the coaster, which has operated for 19 years and drawn 18 million riders.
In the Tuesday statement, the park noted its “legacy of ride innovation continues. Our team is hard at work, creating a new and reimagined ride experience.” It said more details about its plans would be disclosed in the future.