World's Second-Tallest Roller Coaster

The world's second-tallest roller coaster will close permanently a year after a woman was injured by a "metal object" that broke the ride.

On Tuesday, Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, announced that the 420-foot-tall Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster would be retired.

It was not disclosed whether the accident was directly caused by the shutdown.

Opened in 2003, Top Thrill Dragster is a tireless roller coaster that reaches a top speed of 120 mph in just 3.8 seconds, as previously reported by the Cedar Point website.

The victim, who was identified as Rachel Howes by the Akron Beacon Journal and CBS affiliate WOIO, was in critical condition in the ICU after the accident with brain injuries.

In the wake of the incident, two Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) inspectors were called to the amusement park, where they conducted a ride inspection and investigation of the accident.

The state investigation later confirmed that the piece of metal that struck Haus was about the size of "a man's hand," the Journal reported.

The investigation also found that the piece was an "L-shaped" bracket attached to the rear of the ride car and was believed to float across the track, David Miran.

During the descent of the ride, the bracket – which is usually bolted on – came into contact with the track, tearing the car off the track and hitting the wheels in the head.

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