Kings Island may reopen without troubled coaster

MASON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio amusement park says a popular but
troubled wooden roller coaster is likely to remain closed, at least
at the start of the upcoming season.

Kings Island vice president and general manager Greg Scheid says
he's not pleased with how the Son of Beast is performing, nine
months after it was shut down when a rider reported she burst a
blood vessel in her brain.

It was the sixth time in nine seasons that the amusement park
north of Cincinnati put the brakes on the coaster. The Son of Beast
was closed for nearly a year of reconstruction in 2006 and 2007
after a structural failure resulted in injuries to more than two
dozen people.

Scheid calls it "highly questionable" that the ride will be
ready for Kings Island's opening day, April 17.

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