Man Hit by Roller Coaster, Killed at Ohio Amusement Park

Man Hit by Roller Coaster, Killed at Ohio Amusement Park

A 45-year-old man was killed after being struck by a roller coaster at an amusement park in Ohio, as he jumped over the boundary of the restricted area in search of his cellphone.

The victim, identified as James A. Young, had moved out of the area after finishing his ride, when he noticed that his phone was missing. Assuming that it may have dropped off during his ride, he entered the restricted area and was struck by the roller coaster riding at 57 mph, said police.

"A guest entered a restricted, fenced area of Raptor and was struck by the ride. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family," said the Amusement Park in a statement.

The incident took place around 5pm. Police said that Young died on the spot. The ride was stopped as soon as the operators realized the man was struck-leaving a number of riders in mid-air.

The rescue team reached the spot immediately however, Young was already dead.

According to Erie County Coroner, Dr. Brian Baxter, Young had jumped off the fence covering the ride area and fell below the ride track before being struck. He ruled out the possibilities of any suicide attempt by the victim and clarified that it was an accident.

Young was identified as a native of East Canton, Ohio. Baxter informed that investigations in the case were still on and police team was determining how the security was breached that led Young enter the restricted area.