Son of Beast the most inspected ride in Ohio

Posted Friday, July 24, 2009 9:51 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Records show that state inspectors have been called six times in the nine seasons that the Son of Beast has been open to check reports of rider injuries. That's more than any other ride in the state of Ohio. It has been six weeks since Kings Island closed Son of Beast to test the ride's safety after a woman reported the wooden roller coaster caused a blood vessel in her brain to burst in late May.

Read more from The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Friday, July 24, 2009 12:44 PM

You know it's bad when the newspapers have a stock photo of the 'ride closed' sign. I think that one is from 2006.

In three of the five previous inspections of Son of Beast, officals concluded that pre-existing health conditions led to the injuries

3 out of 5 isn't bad, right? Maybe soon they'll be 4 of 6?

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Friday, July 24, 2009 1:35 PM

officals concluded that pre-existing health conditions led to theinjuries - including two broken necks and a death caused by blunt forcetrauma.

Whoa, wait... a death caused by blunt-force trauma? When the heck did that happen? And how can you have a pre-existing condition that leads to blunt-force trauma?

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Friday, July 24, 2009 1:38 PM

The follow up question would be how can you get blunt force trauma on any coaster?

While I am new to being a coaster geek, I don't ever remember hearing about this death before.

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Friday, July 24, 2009 1:44 PM

Olsor said:
And how can you have a pre-existing condition that leads to blunt-force trauma?

Pre-existing emotional attachment to the hat he lost?

Although, I don't remember this ever happening on SoB.

Last edited by Juggalotus, Monday, July 27, 2009 9:31 AM
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Friday, July 24, 2009 1:56 PM

I don't understand the problem with SOB - I mean after all don't you know that its made from corn, has no artificial ingrediants, and is safe in moderation...

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Saturday, July 25, 2009 1:30 AM

Olsor said:

officals concluded that pre-existing health conditions led to theinjuries - including two broken necks and a death caused by blunt forcetrauma.

Whoa, wait... a death caused by blunt-force trauma? When the heck did that happen? And how can you have a pre-existing condition that leads to blunt-force trauma?

On the third page of the article:

The ride reopened in 2007, but on July 29, the park again had to call in ODA investigators.

A 30-year-old man from Southaven, Miss., complained of "sharp back pain" after getting off Son of Beast. He died at University Hospital the next day. The Hamilton County Coroner's Office determined he had died from hemorrhagic shock from blunt impact to his torso.

According to the autopsy report by the chief deputy coroner, Ronald Jones had several pre-existing health conditions, including a protein S deficiency and neurofibrosis. He also was obese.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 2:34 AM

That still doesn't explain what hit him!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 9:46 AM

So what's the second most inspected ride in the state?

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Monday, July 27, 2009 11:46 AM

Amnesiac said:
So what's the second most inspected ride in the state?

Mean Streak: Death by boredom...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 3:36 AM

Hemorrhagic shock from a blunt impact to his abdomen...sounds like he got thrown so hard against the lapbar that it caused internal bleeding of an organ or a major artery or vein in the abdominal area. I don't know jack about the different protein deficiencies, but if he had a protein deficiency that was one of the proteins used to help make clotting agents, he could have even just received a weak blow to the abdomen that caused a tear somewhere and he couldn't clot right.

Or I could just be totally off on this. I just thought that was interesting...don't hear about some of these!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 12:33 PM

Amnesiac said:
So what's the second most inspected ride in the state?

My money would be on Beast or TTD, but it probably depends on how many years you go back.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 5:26 PM

According to the autopsy report by the chief deputy coroner, Ronald Jones had several pre-existing health conditions, including a protein S deficiency and neurofibrosis.

Protein S inhibits the formation of clots. Patients with deficiencies of protein S are more likely to develop blood clots, which is the direct opposite of excessive bleeding. Therefore this makes no medical sense.

Last edited by sws, Tuesday, July 28, 2009 5:28 PM
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 10:56 PM

^What's your opinion on me taking a baby asprin everyday to prevent clogged arteries??

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 11:48 PM

Just don't ride SoB for a week afterwards. Those platelets may be necessary. ;)

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Friday, August 7, 2009 4:25 PM

Does anyone know if SOB opened back up again, or is it still being investigated?

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Friday, August 7, 2009 5:06 PM

From what I understand, the inspections were completed. Sonny was cleared but CF has not released him on the public.

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Friday, August 7, 2009 5:12 PM

Sonny is not back up and running, and there wasn't even a bit of movement going on down there that I saw yesterday. Personally I wouldn't count on it running for the rest of the season, that way should it actually go back up, it comes as a pleasant (speaking relatively) surprise.

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Friday, August 7, 2009 5:37 PM

hmm okay thanks for the information..

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