Riders unloaded after safety alert stops Ohio roller coaster

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MASON, Ohio (AP) – A southwest Ohio theme park says riders on a high-speed roller coaster were evacuated after a safety alert shut it down automatically.

Kings Island park spokesman Don Helbig said Wednesday afternoon that no injuries were immediately reported but that the Diamondback roller coaster was being unloaded because it wasn’t clear how long it would be shut down. He says the ride carries up to 32 people.

He says the ride’s safety system could have caused the automatic shutdown for a variety of reasons. Helbig says the ride stopped at its lift hill.

Kings Island describes Diamondback as a steel coaster that reaches speeds of 80 mph over a combination of banked turns and humps. It opened in 2009 at the park in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Mason.

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