Visitors were extremely lucky to escape unhurt after getting on a roller coaster at Carrowinds amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina.
One of the pillars holding the ride up had a large crack that went unnoticed until folks were actually up there traveling at warp speed.
The coaster, called Fury 325, was shut down on Friday, with the park claiming they closed operations “after park personnel became aware of a crack at the top of a steel support pillar.”
It’s set to remain closed while repairs take place.
A spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Labor, Erin Wilson, said its Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau “will be investigating and plan to be at Carowinds on Monday.”
The video, shown above, was recorded by Jeremy Wagner, who visited the park with his children, as well as younger relatives and friends of his kids. You could see the pillar and the coaster separate for a few seconds as a car races through.
Wagner disclosed that his 14-year-old daughter had been on the ride eight times that day.
“I was trying to shoot the video, and my hands were shaking because I knew how quick this could be catastrophic,” he said.
The Fury 325 roller coaster is one of the main attractions at the park and, as the name suggests, is 325ft tall. So this could have been disastrous.
Thankfully, everyone was able to get off the ride before anything happened.
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