Lightning Strikes Rollercoaster at Ohio Amusement Park

A visitor filmed the moment on July 6 when lightning struck a rollercoaster in the Kings Island Amusement Park in Mason, Ohio, where she and her family had been spending the day.

Taylor Frye told Storyful that she and her family had been enjoying the rides when the weather took a drastic turn.

“Black clouds started rolling in and the winds came out of nowhere. Before we knew it, things were flying everywhere and lightning was all around us,” she said.

The family took cover under the entrance pavilion and waited for the storm to calm down, though Frye said that the holdup seemed to last “a lifetime.”

In Frye’s video, her husband can be heard reassuring the children and telling them to wait for the rain to stop before returning to the car.

The footage then shows the top of a rollercoaster being hit by lightning.

The National Weather Service issued a report later that day, saying a tornado had touched down in the nearby town of Goshen. Credit: Taylor Frye via Storyful

Video transcript

- JK, come here.

- Over there. You gotta make room for everyone else.

- We can't lean on the metal.

- You're gonna be fine.

[BACKGROUND CHATTER]

- So, um, how are we supposed to [INAUDIBLE] and go back to the car?

- We wait until it stops raining because we didn't do the merry go round. Who did the merry go--

[THUNDER]

- Oh, my God.

- Now we're--

[BACKGROUND CHATTER]

Now we're stuck here, guys.

- Kayla, stay here.

- Now we're stuck here.

- [GASPS]

- [SCREAMS]

[THUNDER]

- That struck-- yeah, I got that on video.

- [CRYING]

- I got that on video. That got the roller coaster.

[YELLING]

- [CRYING]

[THUNDER RUMBLING]

[BACKGROUND CHATTER]

- [CRYING] That thing, it striked really close to us.

- JK, come here.

- Over there. You gotta make room for everyone else.

- We can't lean on the metal.

- You're gonna be fine.

[BACKGROUND CHATTER]

- So, um, how are we supposed to [INAUDIBLE] and go back to the car?

- We wait until it stops raining because we didn't do the merry go round. Who did you merry go--

[THUNDER]

- Oh, my God.

- Now we're--

[BACKGROUND CHATTER]

Now we're stuck here, guys.

- Kayla, stay here.

- Now we're stuck here.

- [GASPS]

- [SCREAMS]

[THUNDER]

- That struck-- I got that on video.

- [CRYING]

- I got that on video, That got the roller coaster.

[YELLING]

- [CRYING]

[THUNDER RUMBLING]

[BACKGROUND CHATTER]

- [CRYING] That thing, it striked really close to us.

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