Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Workers have installed the final piece of track on a roller coaster set to open this spring at Kings Island theme park in southwest Ohio.
In this Jan. 23, 2014, provided by Kings Island, workers put the final track piece on the “Banshee,” roller coaster in Mason, Ohio. Kings Island officials say the ride is the world's longest inverted steel roller coaster, at 4,124 feet of track and seven inversions. It will reach speeds of up to 68 mph over the two-minute, 40-second ride. (AP Photo/Kings Island)
Park officials said the remaining piece was put in place Thursday morning.
The $24 million "Banshee" coaster is described by the park as the world's longest inverted steel roller coaster. It will cover 4,124 feet of track and include seven inversions. The coaster will reach speeds of up to 68 mph over the two-minute, 40-second ride.
The latest attraction, slated to open April 18, occupies the area where the ill-fated Son of Beast roller coaster once stood.
The Son of Beast was billed as the world's tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster. Plagued by shutdowns and injuries, it was closed and taken apart in 2012.