SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - A man who entered a restricted area at Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park to look for a lost cellphone has been struck by a roller coaster and killed.
Police say James A. Young had just finished riding the Raptor on Thursday and jumped over a fence to retrieve something he dropped during the 57 mph ride. The Erie County coroner says it was his cellphone. Sandusky police say Young was struck by the ride or someone on it. No one else was hurt.
A parkgoer tweeted a photo of the scene after the accident. The user, A_Nay152 tweeted that he was about to get on the ride when the accident happened, and that it was then shut down.
They just gave up on chest compressions.. 😳 pic.twitter.com/eSTvOgkTpe— Tic (@A_Nay152) August 13, 2015
The amusement park sits along Lake Erie in Sandusky and has billed itself as the best in the world.
The park confirms the death in a statement saying "a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of Raptor and was struck by the ride." It says its "thoughts and prayers go out to the family."
At 5 pm, a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of Raptor and was struck by the ride. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.— Cedar Point (@cedarpoint) August 13, 2015