Inspectors will arrive at the North Carolina amusement park on Monday Keep investigating the roller coaster It was closed shortly after a dad spotted a crack at the top of one of its steel support pillars.
“I’m not an engineer, but that’s not right,” Jeremy Wagner thought during a visit to Carowinds Park in Charlotte on Friday, he told CNN.
The Anger 325 Park officials said it will remain closed pending inspections and repairs. It is one of the tallest and longest rides in a large park between the North and South Carolina state lines.
Crews from the state Department of Labor’s Bureau of Elevators and Amusements will be there Monday, spokeswoman Erin Wilson told CNN Sunday. The agency did not share anything else about the nature of its investigation.
Wagner knew something was wrong when he saw a hole in the coaster’s infrastructure, he told CNN. He took out his phone and shot the record, zooming in on the crack to show the support pillar moving slightly out as the passengers flew away.
Courtesy Jeremy Wagner
Fury 325 is closed at Carowinds Amusement Park.
“My daughter and daughter-in-law rode six times,” he told CNN.
Wagner reported the incident to the park’s guest services, but said she still felt uncomfortable after leaving, “so, I called Charlotte Fire.”
“They called me back within 10 minutes and advised me that the ride was cancelled,” he said.
There are state or local governments Supervised fixed base amusement parks Since Congress stripped that authority from the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission in the 1980s. Nearly 40,000 people were injured Estimated last year The commission said amusement attractions including rides, water slides and inflatables.
Fury 325 is “North America’s tallest, fastest, longest giga coaster,” with a peak height of 325 feet and a top speed of 95 mph, the park says. A “giga” roller coaster has a drop of 300 to 399 feet. According to Kings Island Amusement park in Ohio.
The rest of the Carowinds amusement and water park will be open Monday, according to its website.
All rides, including the Fury 325, “undergo daily inspections to ensure their proper function and structural integrity,” Carowinds said.
“Safety is our priority, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of our valued guests during this process,” it said.