Man killed by rollercoaster while looking for phone

James Young had just finished riding the Raptor at Cedar Point in Ohio

A man has been killed by a rollercoaster at a US amusement park after entering a restricted area to look for a lost mobile phone.

Police said James Young had just finished riding the Raptor at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, and jumped over a fence to retrieve something he dropped during the ride.

Erie County coroner said it was his phone.

Sandusky police said Mr Young was struck by the ride or someone on it. No one else was hurt.

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According to Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards, “Park safety officials responded immediately to the situation. Unfortunately, the guest has passed away.”

No one else was injured in the incident.

As one of the top attractions in northcentral Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie, Cedar Point has attracted legions of visitors since opening 146 years ago.

It is North America’s second oldest continually-operated amusement park, according to its website.

Roller coasters are a big part of the draw, with Cedar Point boasting more than 10 miles of track and claiming to be the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World”.

Raptor is one of Cedar Park’s 17 rollercoasters, twisting people up, down and around at speeds reaching 90 km/hr.