Two treated after Kings Island roller coaster motor malfunction

MASON, Ohio -- Eighteen people were exposed to thick smoke on Kings Island's indoor roller coaster Flight of Fear Monday afternoon after a motor connected to the ride malfunctioned.

Mason's fire department responded to a call from the amusement park at about 2:45p.m.

Once at the park, firefighters found that an electric motor within the ride's housing was smoking. Eighteen people were exposed to the smoke, according to Mason's fire department. Two people were treated on scene but not taken to hospitals.

Once the engine was turned off, the motor quit smoking, Mason firefighters said.

Hayley Ashcraft, of Union, Kentucky, spent Monday afternoon at Kings Island for a school field trip. She and some friends rode Flight of Fear just before they closed the ride down.

"While we (were) on it, it smelled like gas and we couldn’t ... we couldn’t breathe so we just held our breaths the whole time," Ashcraft said. "It smelled like burning rubber. It was like a gas smell."

"It (the ride) just smelled really bad. I didn’t really know what was going on. It was kind of scary I guess."

Once the ride was over, she stayed at the park but went to a nearby ride. She said the fire department showed up about five minutes after she rode Flight of Fear.

"Then we went back just to see what was going when the fire trucks came and we realized that they were going to Flight of Fear," she said. "And then we went back there a few minutes later and realized that it was shut down. We just wanted to see what was going on."

Ashcraft said she will go back to Kings Island despite Monday's mishap.

"It didn’t scare me that bad, but it was just weird that it happened because I didn’t think that something like that would happen," she said.

Flight of Fear is located near the Racer wooden roller coaster in the Coney Island section of the amusement park. It was built in 1996 as the Outer Limits: Flight of Fear coaster and re-named just Flight of Fear in 2006.

The indoor roller coaster was cleared to reopen Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the state department that oversees amusement park ride safety. 

The roller coaster was last inspected by the department on April 14, 2014. It received all satisfactory ratings for safety, according records obtained by WCPO.

For a brief period of time the adjacent FireHawk roller coaster was shut down. That ride reopened at about 3:40 p.m.

This is not the first time that a Kings Island ride malfunctioned and raised concerns.

The Son of Beast was shut down for a brief period of time in 2006 after several people filed lawsuits against the amusement park after they sustained injuries from the wooden roller coaster.

A faulty support on that roller coaster was blamed for the accident. The ride was closed again in 2009 following another complaint and has not reopened.

Kings Island's owners dismantled the coaster completely in 2012.


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