Alexcia Powell, Brittany Gilliard, and their families went to a North Carolina amusement park for a weekend getaway.
However, a calm day became stressful as spectators watched the Electro-Spin rollercoaster become stuck in midair at Carowinds, a 407-acre amusement park located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“We were on a boat ride that was across from it, and as we were getting off, we heard people screaming,” says Powell, who witnessed the incident.
Powell and Gilliard claimed they don’t know how long individuals were stranded in the air, but many can be seen hanging in their chairs in video they captured.
“It looked terrifying,” said Gilliard. “I was terrified for them.”
“People were terrified,” Powell said while recounting the incident. “It was quite horrifying to watch because that could have been anyone on there.”
“Safety and security of our guests and associates is our top priority,” a Carowinds representative told WJZY. “Unfortunately, while we work hard to provide the best experience possible, attractions may not always be operational.”
“It kind of deterred us from wanting to get on any other rides for that exact reason,” Powell added. “Like what if we get on and we get stuck upside down or midway through a loop? You never know.”
This isn’t the first time someone has gotten stuck on an amusement park ride. On the Windseeker ride, nearly 100 passengers were hung in the air for more than two hours.
The Electro-two Spin’s videos have been shared over 7,000 times on Facebook and nearly 8,000 times on Twitter, with many individuals stating that they will not ride again.
“It was crazy how big of an effect those videos had on people,” Powell said.
Powell and Gilliard stated they will return to Carowinds, but only to the water park, after watching the incident.
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