Cedar Point Announces Retirement of Top Thrill Dragster

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Cedar Point announced the permanent withdrawal of Top Thrill Dragster on September 6.

“We have an important update to share regarding our Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster,” reads the company’s website. “After 19 seasons of operation with 18 million riders having experienced the world’s first strata coaster, Top Thrill Dragster, as you know, is retired.”

Although the ride is being retired, Cedar Point said its team is working to create “a new and reimagined riding experience.”

The announcement came just over a year after a woman was hit in the head with a piece of metal while queuing for the coaster, according to the Detroit News.

On Park and State Time officials were mostly silent on the incidentindicating that the woman was struck by a “small metallic object”.

The woman was treated at Sandusky Hospital before being transported to another facility, according to the AP.

The AP reported that the coaster was inspected a few months before the incident, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Amusement Ride Safety Division.

The Top Thrill Dragster debuted in 2003 and threw riders at 120 mph on a straight before going up a hill, turning around and back down. The trip took less than 20 seconds.


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