Man killed after being hit by rollercoaster while 'looking for lost mobile phone'

The Raptor ride, pictured, is capable of travelling at speeds of up to 57 mph. Credit: Cedar Point/Twitter

A man has died after being hit by a rollercoaster when he entered a restricted area while reportedly looking for a mobile phone.

The man, who has not been identified, was struck by the Raptor ride at the Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio, USA, on Thursday.

Emergency crews and park safety teams rushed to the scene but could do nothing to save the man, who was in his 40s.

The amusement park confirmed the death and said their "thoughts and prayers" were with the man's family.

The Erie County coroner said the man entered a fenced area while apparently looking for a lost mobile phone.

The Raptor ride is capable of travelling at speeds of up to 57 mph, according to the Cedar Point website.

A statement on the park's Facebook page said: "At approximately 5pm, a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of the Raptor rollercoaster and was struck by the ride.

"Park safety officials responded immediately to the situation.

"Unfortunately the guest has passed away.

"Local authorities are on the scene conducting an investigation."

Cedar Point is described as "the rollercoaster capital of the world" on its website.