In a hair-raising incident, a roller coaster in a US theme park got stuck with the passengers left hanging upside-down mid-ride for about 45 minutes. The incident was reported from Carowinds amusement park located in North Carolina, US.
The ride in question was called ‘The Flying Cobra’. The theme park ride is known for taking riders in a 360-degree and reaches to a speed of 80 kmph. Moreover, the 125 ft tall ‘Flying Cobra’ flips six times in one ride. According to reports, the passengers were left hanging upside down for 45-minutes due to a glitch in the electronics system of the rollercoaster ride.
Luckily no injuries or casualties were reported in the matter. Following the sweat-inducing halt, riders shared their experiences in media interviews. My very first experience at a theme park on a roller coaster. And I got stuck,” said Brandon Allen. “I personally watched my tears fall from the sky. It was terrifying,” Allen added.
Meanwhile, the amusement park issued a statement regarding the matter which stated, “The park’s maintenance team responded quickly, and at no time were guests in danger. All guests were returned safely to the station and unloaded within 30 minutes. The safety and security of our guests and associates is Carowinds’ top priority.”
The Facts of the Matter
Roller coasters are infamous (and famous) for its rapid sharp turns, taking riders to new heights and bringing them to the ground by pulling up stomach churning G-force. However, riders across the world continue to take thrill rides and often, they get more than they bargain for.
‘Flying Cobra’ Stops Mid-Way, Riders Left Hanging
In North Carolina’s Carowinds amusement park, a group of riders experienced a once-in-a-lifetime incident, only the kind of incident that they would like to forget. The riders were in ‘Flying Cobra”, a ride that sends them on a 360-degree loop at the speed of up to 80 kmph at a height of 125 ft. Somehow, right when the ride was in the mid-way part, it stopped abruptly, leaving all the riders hanging up-side down.
Riders Initially Thought It was a Joke
Brandon Allen, the “lucky” rider who experienced the thrill-ride, gave an account of the ordeal and was quoted in reports saying, “We go to the very top where they’re backing you up, and he was doing a countdown. He goes, ‘We’re sorry, we’re having some technical difficulties,’ and we thought he was joking because of the surprise element or something.”
Each Passing Minute Felt Like an Hour
Brandon added that every passing minute felt like hours on the ride. Further, Brandon shared that the riders were told that it would take the concerned technicians 35-45 minutes to get the ride to start again. “Which may not be major, but it’s a big deal when you’re just facing the ground completely. There were parents trying to talk to their children screaming, ‘It’s going to be OK!’” Brandon explained.
Coincidentally, it was Brandon’s first ever experience on a roller coaster at a a theme park. “I personally watched my tears fall from the sky. It was terrifying.” Brandon added. Fortunately, the incident ended without any injuries or casualties getting reported.
Amusement Park Issues Statement
Following the incident, Carowinds amusement park issued a statement regarding the matter which read – “On Friday, April 29, Flying Cobras, located in County Fair at Carowinds, had an unexpected ride stoppage on the lift. The park’s maintenance team responded quickly, and at no time were guests in danger. All guests were returned safely to the station and unloaded within 30 minutes. The safety and security of our guests and associates is Carowinds’ top priority.”