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Top Thrill Dragster seen in 2009.Image: Craig Lloyd.
On Tuesday, September 6, Cedar Point amusement park announced that Top Thrill Dragster, the second tallest-roller coaster in the world, has permanently closed. The ride was the first full-circut "strata coaster", a roller coaster exceeding a 400-foot height limit, in the world.
Director of communications at Cedar Point, Tony Clark, released a statement that "after 19 seasons in operation ... the world's first strata coaster, Top Thrill Dragster ... is being retired."
The news comes after an accident on August 15, 2021, when an L-shaped bracket fell on the head of a guest in the queue line, causing a serious brain injury and leading to the closure of the attraction for the rest of the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The bracket was later identified as a sensor used to detect where the cars were on the track.
The park was cleared by Ohio officials in February 2022 of any wrong-doing or of having reason to believe that the ride was unsafe before operation. Prior to the August 2021 accident, two guest-related accidents occurred on the attraction.
Although the ride has been retired in its current form, park officials have stated that they are working on "creating a new and reimagined ride experience." It was not confirmed if it was the accident that led to the permanent closure of the attraction.
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Top Thrill Dragster
Charles E. Ramirez. "Cedar Point retires Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster that injured woman last year" — The Detroit News, September 6, 2022
Danielle Wallace. "Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster shut down: World's second-tallest roller coaster is permanently closing" — Fox News, September 6, 2022
Ariel Zilber. "Cedar Point shuts down Top Thrill Dragster, world’s second-tallest coaster" — New York Post, September 6, 2022
Erika Ray. "Cedar Point shuts down coaster after riders hurt" — The Blade (Toledo, Ohio), July 14, 2004
"Cable Detaches From Top Thrill Dragster, Shutting Ride Down" — WWJ-TV, August 8, 2016