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The one known as the “tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in North America” closed Friday after a crack was discovered in one of the support pillars. This was reported by officials from the Carowinds amusement park, located in North Carolina.
The park reported that fury 325 it is one of the tallest and longest rides in the huge park that straddles the North Carolina and South Carolina state lines.
They indicated that the well-known attraction It will remain closed until necessary inspections and repairs are carried out.
The crack is at the top of a steel support pillar, the park said.
The flaw in the ride was found by a user who posted a video on Facebook showing the beam flexing and the top visibly detached as passenger cars sped by.
Carowinds says that the Fury 325 takes passengers to a maximum height of 99 meters (325 feet) and reaches 152 km/h (95 mph).
The course stretches for more than two kilometers between “S” shaped turns and upside-down straights on a high-resistance steel rail. They last just over three minutes and to get on you must be 1.34 meters tall.
The rest of the amusement and water park remained open on Saturday, according to the Carowinds website.
“Safety is our top priority and we value our valued guests’ patience and understanding during this process. As part of our comprehensive safety protocols, all rides, including the Fury 325 roller coaster, undergo daily inspections to ensure proper operation and structural integrity,” said Carowinds.
Fury 325 first opened to the public in 2015 and cost approximately $30 million to build, according to news reports.