Cedar Point Officially Retiring "Top Thrill Dragster"

SANDUSKY, Ohio (WTVN)--A popular roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky is officially retired.

The park announced on Tuesday the fate of the "Top Thrill Dragster" roller coaster, following over a year of speculation.

The ride has sat idle on the park's midway since August of 2021, when a woman waiting in line for the ride was struck and severely injured by a piece of metal that broke off one of the high-speed trains.

An investigation by the Ohio Department of Agriculture said Cedar Point did not break any laws or regulations in the ride's operation.

The park says the "dragster" operated for 19 seasons, and gave 18-million rides. It opened as the world's first roller coaster to top 400-feet, and hit a high speed of 120-miles an hour.

Cedar Point says the ride's retirement will make way for a "new and reimagined ride experience."

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