This summer, roller coaster malfunctions seem to pop up as much as the crickets rampaging across Nevada. A month ago, the Fury 325 in Carowinds (an amusement park on the border between North Carolina and South Carolina [primarily occupying Charlotte, NC], which offers thrilling rides, family friendly fun, carnival games, and even a water park) shut down due to a sizeable crack in one of the support beams. This July, a ride in New York left park goers dizzy and spinning after a malfunction caused the ride to continue to loop at fast speeds.
The incident took place at Playland – a park in Rye, New York.
In an Instagram video posted by the account overtime, bystanders and presumed family members can be seen motioning for the trapped people to stay inside. The ride spun counter-clockwise, with passengers going backwards and screaming for help. One person can be seen yelling,
“They got to pull the plug! There’s no plug? There’s no plug?”
In the video, an employee can be seen telling the person that there is, in fact, no plug to be pulled. A pair of electricians can be seen rushing to the rescue, but not before crowds could be heard saying the people had been stuck on the ride upwards of ten to fifteen minutes. Before the video cuts, the ride slows to a stop and the concerned (or amused) crowds disperse.
With over 300,000 likes, many Instagram users made light of the situation. Some people cited that the incident actually looked fun, with others saying the people need to file lawsuits. One witty user noted that the only thing they would be awarded was a lifetime supply of funnel cake!
Eyewitness News reported on the misfortune, writing,
“Playland's general manager, Jeff Davis, said that the unwanted thrill was due to an electrical malfunction… Davis said the ride's operators activated an emergency stop button and when that didn't work they called maintenance to disconnect the power. Davis said he was not made aware of any injuries. The ride will remain closed until the park and the ride's manufacturer, Wisdom Rides, come up with a fix.”
No one expects to get trapped on a vomit-inducing coaster, but luckily, no reports have been made of any injuries.
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