SANTA CLARITA -- It's last call for Colossus.

The Southern California roller coaster that was the world's tallest and fastest when it opened in 1978 retires Saturday outside the top 10 in both categories.

Six Flags Magic Mountain expects thousands of prospective riders on Colossus' last day, and a protest is planned by a group seeking to save the roller coaster.

The mostly white wooden former giant is 125 feet tall and reaches a top speed of 62 mph.

Six months after it debuted 36 years ago, a woman was ejected from her car and killed.

It's no longer even the biggest or fastest in its corner of the park. Goliath, a much bigger behemoth, now towers over Colossus.

FILE-This June 22, 1978 file photo shows two train loads of riders trying out Colossus, at Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., as the giant roller coaster
FILE-This June 22, 1978 file photo shows two train loads of riders trying out Colossus, at Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., as the giant roller coaster opened for business. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Six Flags has not said what is planned in its place.



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