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Raptor Rollercoaster Disconnects Phone... & Owner

A little cautionary tale to start the week: Don't try to retrieve your mobile phone if you drop it under a rollercoaster -- it could cost you your life.

That was unfortunate fate of James Young, 45, who was hit by the Raptor rollercoaster in the Cedar Point park in Ohio as he tried to retrieve his phone from a "restricted area," the Sandusky Register reports. Young had just finished riding the Raptor and jumped a fence to fetch his cellphone but was fatally struck by one of the rollercoaster's cars.

The Raptor, which was built in 1994, stands at 137 feet high at its tallest point and travels at up to 57mph. It flips riders upside down six times during the ride.

Here's what a ride on the Raptor looks like from the front seat:

As you can see, it doesn't seem very likely that a cellphone would survive the fall anyway.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

Steve Saunders 8/17/2015 | 11:30:21 PM
Re: rollercoaster 5G rides? 
DanJones 8/17/2015 | 4:43:35 PM
Re: rollercoaster BTW, Cedar Park has built some much bigger coasters now as NY Times noted today.
Steve Saunders 8/17/2015 | 12:22:45 PM
Re: rollercoaster wow. sounds like he didn't have insurance. I wonder what caririer he was with, 
Ariella 8/17/2015 | 11:44:07 AM
rollercoaster What a story! I don't care for rollercoaters at all. Peoplel should take heed that things can drop out. People sometimes even lsoe their glasses on such rides.
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