Kings Island’s Diamondback evacuated after alert

Diamondback at Kings Island. (Photo/Kings Island)
Diamondback at Kings Island. (Photo/Kings Island)

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

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.

The ride was able to reopen Wednesday after a short time. 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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