James Young
James Young was attempting to retrieve a lost mobile phone when he was hit by a rollercoasterFacebook

An Ohio man has died after being hit by a rollercoaster at an amusement park.

James Young, 45, was hit by the 57mph Raptor ride at the Cedar Point amusement park on Thursday (13 August) when he entered a restricted area to look for a lost mobile phone.

He was struck from behind in the back of the head and died at the scene, ABC5 reported.

Police said Mr Young had just been on the ride when he jumped over a fence "to retrieve something he had dropped".

Eyewitnesses watched as emergency services attempted to resuscitate him at the scene.

The park confirmed the death in a statement saying "a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of Raptor and was struck by the ride".

It added that it's "thoughts and prayers go out to the family".

The amusement park sits along Lake Erie in Sandusky and describes itself as the "rollercoaster capital of the world".