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Carowinds' WindSeeker strands riders for more than an hour

8:03 AM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
WindSeeker. Photo by Ryan Haidet, WKYC-TV.
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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- More trouble with one of Cedar Fair's WindSeeker rides.

    Our sister station WBTV reports that 64 riders were stranded mid-rise on the WindSeeker at Carowinds amusement park when a safety sensor went off Sunday afternoon.

    Park officials say the safety system automatically stops the ride once the sensor is engaged.

    It took approximately 70 minutes to bring the passengers back to the ground.

    Nobody was hurt and the ride was closed for inspection.

    Carowinds park officials expect the ride to re-open today, according to WBTV.

    Identical WindSeeker rides, a 301-foot-tall rotating swing-style attraction, are featured at six Cedar Fair parks -- including Cedar Point and Kings Island, which debuted in 2011.

    Several of the rides have experienced situations in which riders were stranded in the air, igniting Cedar Fair to close all the WindSeeker attractions for review.

    Riders were stuck 150 feet in the air on Cedar Point's WindSeeker on June 2, 2012 for a little more than an hour.

    A few months later, the ride left 20 people stuck at 300 feet for nearly four hours at Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California in September.

    All WindSeeker rides reopened for the 2013 season -- except the one at Knott's Berry Farm.


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