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Carowinds’ Fury 325 roller coaster makes unexpected stop

A set of cars heads to the top of the first hill on Carowinds' new Fury 325.
A set of cars heads to the top of the first hill on Carowinds' new Fury 325. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Thirty-two riders aboard Carowinds’ new Fury 325 roller coaster were stranded for about 20 minutes Saturday evening when the ride, which opened March 28, stopped unexpectedly on its tracks.

Sensors were to blame for interrupting the Fury’s run around the 6,602-foot track about 7 p.m., said Laresa Thompson, spokesperson for the 398-acre park, owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.

“If there’s something that they detect is wrong, the coaster will stop,” Thompson said of the sensors. “It’s a safety mechanism.”

It is the third time in three weeks that a ride at the park has been interrupted. The WindSeeker and the Flying Ace Aerial Chase also have made unscheduled stops.

Thompson could not say how long the Fury was closed once the passengers were let off, but it was up and running again before the park shut down at 10 p.m. The park is operating on a weekend-only schedule.

The Fury is the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Carowinds. The ride normally lasts 3 minutes and 25 seconds and has a maximum speed of about 95 mph, with a height of 325 feet.

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