Ohio theme park announces plans for 15th coaster

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Kings Island’s latest thrill ride — the longest inverted steel roller coaster in the world — is opening next spring.

The southwest Ohio theme park announced details of the 167-foot “Banshee” coaster late Thursday. The park’s 15th coaster will cover more than 4,000 feet of track and include seven inversions. It will reach speeds of up to 68 mph over the two-minute, 40-second ride.

The new coaster will occupy the area where the ill-fated Son of Beast roller coaster once stood.

The Son of Beast opened with fanfare in 2000, billed as the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster with a signature loop. Plagued by shutdowns and injuries, it was closed for good and was finally taken apart last year.

“Banshee” is set to open in April 2014.

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