Kings Island "The Bat"
I was very upset when they renamed Top Gun The Bat I wouldn't ride Top Gun for the longest because it was exactly like The Bat from 1981 so I started researching stories about "The Bat" original from 1981 and was surprised to see earlier post saying there wasn't any deaths on the ride? I was 10 and just rode "The Bat" ask my mom if we could ride again which was a 2 hour wait time. My brother and I got in line again and the ambulances starting coming. The ride had derailed. It was horrifying! We were told 2 people died others injured. I don't know why it's been covered up?
The Bat had multiple mechanical issues- it put a lot of stress on the trains and shocks- but it NEVER derailed, and it NEVER seriously injured anyone, let alone killed them.
It's possible that there were ambulances there for something else. It happens and isn't unusual for parks to have an ambulance in park, either for a guest condition (e.g. heart, heat, etc) or even to have one on standby. And you may have seen that at the same time as a mechanical shutdown, someone else told a great story with no truth, and it's grown over the years to a horrible thing that never actually happened.
Something like that would not, and could not, be covered up. But if you'll do some digging you'll see it never happened.
This has been discussed extensively here on URC.
Here is a link to an extensive thread on the topic.
It is well worth taking the time to read it.
I was on the first ride when it reopened the next year .
Maybe the person that ran the ride told that to scare people so they wouldn’t complain it was closed ?
Not sure but does seem strange now all a sudden they say no one died .
I worked at KI for twelve years. Doesn't make me an expert at anything, but many of the urban myths people hear are just not true.
The details of deaths which actually have occurred at KI have been documented in the post linked below. Read it.
From this thread, it doesn't seem like everyone knows that there were two Bats.
You might have missed that this was a very, very old thread that was resurrected from the long buried grave. AT the time it was originally created, there wasn't a second Bat. Only the original that had been gone for a while.
and as Rob points out again on that link he posted, no one died on it. :-) (waves at Rob)