A roller coaster at an amusement park in Charlotte, NC was shut down Friday after a visitor noticed a large crack in one of the ride’s pillars.
Carowinds Amusement Park said it shut down the roller coaster, dubbed Fury 325, « after park staff noticed a crack in the top of a steel support pillar. »
The ride will remain closed while crews make repairs, said Park spokeswoman Courtney McGarry Weber. Erin Wilson, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Labor, said Sunday that her office of Elevators and Amusement Devices « will investigate and plan to be in Carowinds on Monday. »
Jeremy Wagner, who was visiting the park on Friday with his daughter, son, granddaughter and his son’s friend, recorded the crack video.
The footage he recorded shows the pillar briefly separating at the fissure, as a roller coaster car hurtles down the track.
« I was trying to shoot the video and my hands were shaking because I knew how quickly this could be catastrophic, » said Mr. Wagner.
Mr Wagner, who had just bought his children season passes for the park, said he had registered the damage caused by the parking lot. His 14-year-old daughter had been on the road eight times on Friday, he said.
Standing 325 feet tall, Fury 325 is one of the top attractions in Carowinds.
It can carry dozens of riders and send them hurtling at speeds of up to 95 miles per hour during its more than 3-minute ride. according to the park’s website.
Carowinds bills the ride, which opened to the public in March 2015, as the « longest giga coaster in North America. » Roller coasters with drops of 300 feet to 399 feet are known as roller coasters.
Mr. Wagner said he gave his footage to park officials before setting off on Friday but didn’t learn of the ride’s closure until after he got home.
« I’m grateful they did, » he said. “Even though this is their #1 attraction. 1 at the park.”
The rest of Carowinds, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, remained open Saturday and Sunday, according to the park’s website.