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Missouri residents witness man hit by roller coaster in Ohio

Missouri residents witness man hit by roller coaster in Ohio

Missouri residents witness man hit by roller coaster in Ohio

MASON, Ohio – Three Missouri men were on the “Banshee” roller coaster when it hit a 38-year-old man Wednesday on King Island in Ohio.

According to WCPO, the victim was beaten after entering the restricted area around 8 p.m. Mason police said the man was allegedly trying to get his keys back from him.

Christian Yonkus, Ethan Fox and Braden Vogel were visiting the park from Missouri and described the scene to FOX 19 NOW as “crazy.” Yonkus said they sat on the roller coaster for 20 to 25 minutes.

“The workers were coming over to check on us,” Yonkus said. “We had no idea what was going on, so he was a little crazy.”

Vogel said they were hearing sirens and police and firefighters were in the parking lot.

“(They) were going toward the back of the ride (with) a security detail,” Vogel said. “The supervisors who came to open us up and take us off the trip. “We asked what happened and they didn’t say anything.”

Fox said King’s Island staff handled the incident professionally.

“The Kings Island workers did a very good job controlling the situation,” Fox said. “Especially after an incident like that. “They made sure not to create panic among all the passengers.”

The Mason Fire Department took the victim to West Chester Hospital, where he was then airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Police say he suffered a critical injury.

According to King Island’s website, “Banshee” is the largest steel inverted roller coaster in the world, measuring 167 feet tall. The ride travels at a top speed of 68 mph and is 4,124 long.