“Around 8 p.m. this evening, there was a power failure at Carowinds. As a result, there was a partial power outage in the park,” a statement from Carowinds officials read. “Several rides were stopped and safely evacuated. We are currently lowering WindSeeker to the ground. As always, the safety of our guests and associates is our highest priority.”
At the park, riders could be seen on the Windseeker ride in the air. The ride was not moving and someone appeared to be talking to the riders over a loud speaker.
UNC-Charlotte student Josh Bryant said he was on the ride with his girlfriend and her family when the power went down. He said they were not happy about the ordeal.
“We have been stuck on the Windseeker ride at Carowinds for over two hours now. We finally slowly making our way down at what it feels like a couple inches every 4-5 minutes,” Bryant wrote. “It is making us mad that they’re taking this long and had a power outage to begin with. I won’t be coming back to Carowinds for a long time and recommend others shouldn’t either.”
Another family says were stuck on Fury 325, one of the largest roller coasters in the park.
“We was on the front row and it stopped and it got more power and it took off up the hill then it stopped on the hill and my step-brother here and my sister they was panicking, and we was stuck almost in the middle,” Hunter Sneed said.
Charlotte firefighters said they were on stand-by at the park while maintenance workers lowered the rides “manually due to malfunction.”
Medic said they had a unit at the park also on stand-by, but had not received any reports of injuries.
A representative from Carowinds said shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday that all passengers were safely off of the rides and Duke Energy crews were investigating a blown transformer.
That representative said Carowinds should be open Friday, but that status could change depending on how power restoration work goes overnight.