Track work finishes on Kings Island thrill ride

(AP Photo/Kings Island)
(AP Photo/Kings Island)

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Workers have installed the final piece of track on a roller coaster set to open this spring at Kings Island theme park in southwest Ohio.

Park officials said the remaining piece was put in place Thursday morning.

The $24 million “Banshee” coaster is described by the park as the world’s longest inverted steel roller coaster. It will cover 4,124 feet of track and include seven inversions. The coaster will reach speeds of up to 68 mph over the two-minute, 40-second ride.

The latest attraction, slated to open April 18, occupies the area where the ill-fated Son of Beast roller coaster once stood.

The Son of Beast was billed as the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster. Plagued by shutdowns and injuries, it was closed and taken apart in 2012. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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