According to park officials, a roller coaster at a theme park in Charlotte, North Carolina, was stopped after a steel support pillar break was found.
Almost a week ago, the Fury 325 coaster at Carowinds had a break visible in images posted on social media by a visitor. In a video taken of the fissure on Friday, it looked like the pillar had been completely separated.
All rides are examined every day, according to a statement from Carowinds. However, Fury 325 wasn’t shut down by the park for inspection until Friday.
The park said in an email on Sunday that the ride won’t reopen until repairs are finished. “The park’s maintenance team is conducting a thorough inspection,” the park said.
According to a department representative, inspectors from the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau will be at the park on Monday to investigate.
Fury 325, called after its maximum height of 325 feet, is described by the theme park as the “tallest, fastest, longest giga coaster in North America,” reaching up to 95 mph. According to Coasterpedia, a “giga” roller coaster has a height of 300–399 feet or a drop that falls within those parameters.
Recent park-goer Tiffany Collins Newton released close-up pictures of the coaster she claimed she shot on June 24, showing what she thought was a crack beginning to form after word of the crack spread online.
On Friday, former paramedic Jeremy Wagner posted on Facebook that he had informed park officials about the crack. He told WBTV that the damage was discovered while waiting for his children. In a video he recorded, a car full of riders zooms through the opening, causing the pillar’s top to move.
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He told the local TV channel, “I look up and see the light through the pole. He remarked, “I saw it move,” as the next car p@ssed.
There have been no injuries associated with the damage reported.
Things do happen, as Newton put it. “I hope this results in MORE inspections and thorough safety checks going forward.”
Newton said she still intends to board the Fury once it has been fixed.