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Ohio roller coaster Banshee strikes, critically injures man at Kings Island theme park

A man who apparently entered a restricted area to retrieve his lost keys at a theme park in Ohio was critically injured when he was struck by a steel roller coaster, police and park officials said.

The 38-year-old man appeared in a fenced area at Kings Island on Wednesday night, according to a statement issued by the park near Cincinnati.

He was found on the ground with an injury, but details on his condition had not been disclosed.

He remained hospitalized.

The man dropped his keys while riding the Banshee, an inverted roller coaster where the train dangles from the track, and then went into the restricted area and was struck by the coaster, according to Mason police.

The 38-year-old man appeared in a fenced area at Kings Island on Wednesday night, according to a statement issued by the park near Cincinnati. Jeremy Thompson

According to the park’s websitethe Banshee is the world’s longest steel inverted roller coaster and reaches speeds of 68 mph.

The roller coaster was shut down and will remain closed while the investigation continues.

The man dropped his keys while riding the Banshee, an inverted roller coaster where the train dangles from the track, and then went into the restricted area and was struck by the coaster. Kings Island / Facebook
According to the park’s website, the Banshee is the world’s longest steel inverted roller coaster and reaches speeds of 68 mph. Kings Island / YouTube

No other injuries were reported.

The park is in Mason, which is about 24 miles northeast of Cincinnati.

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