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Gazette Premium Content Track work finishes on Ohio park's thrill ride

Associated Press Updated: January 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Workers have installed the final piece of track on a roller coaster set to open this spring at Kings Island theme park in southwest Ohio.

Park officials said the remaining piece was put in place Thursday morning.

The $24 million "Banshee" coaster is described by the park as the world's longest inverted steel roller coaster. It will cover 4,124 feet of track and include seven inversions. The coaster will reach speeds of up to 68 mph over the two-minute, 40-second ride.

The latest attraction, slated to open April 18, occupies the area where the ill-fated Son of Beast roller coaster once stood.

The Son of Beast was billed as the world's tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster. Plagued by shutdowns and injuries, it was closed and taken apart in 2012.

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