Roller coaster hits, kills Cedar Point patron

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(CNN) — A roller coaster at Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park hit and killed a patron Thursday, a park spokesman said.

The parkgoer had gone into “a restricted, fenced area” near the Sandusky park’s Raptor roller coaster about 5 p.m. before being struck by the ride, park spokesman Bryan Edwards said.

“Park safety officials responded immediately to the situation,” Edwards said. “Unfortunately, the guest has passed away.”

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.

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