‘Terrifying’: North Carolina amusement park ride stops mid-air with people on board

It was a weekend for Alexcia Powell, Brittany Gilliard and her family at a North Carolina amusement park to spend some family time.

But a relaxing day turned into a stressful day as people watched the Electro-Spin ride get stuck in the air at Carowinds, a 407-acre amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina, the report reported. KTLA’s sister station, WJZY.

“We were taking a boat ride that was in front, and as we were going down we heard people screaming,” said Powell, who witnessed the incident.

Powell and Gilliard said they don’t remember how long people were stuck in the air, but in the video they recorded, you can see many of them hanging on to their seats.

“It looked terrifying,” Gilliard added. “I was terrified for them.”

“People were terrified,” Powell acknowledged when recounting the incident. “It was pretty awful to watch because it could have been anyone there.”

A Carowinds spokesperson sent WJZY a statement saying: The safety and security of our guests and associates is our top priority. Unfortunately, although we work hard to provide the best possible experience, the attractions are not always operational.

“It kind of put us off wanting to get on other rides for that exact reason,” Powell said. “Like if we go up and get stuck upside down or in the middle of a loop? You never know.”

This isn’t the first time people have been stuck on a ride at the amusement park. Nearly 100 people were suspended in the air for more than two hours on the Windseeker ride.

The two videos of the Electro-Spin have been shared more than 7,000 times on Facebook and viewed almost 8,000 times on Twitter, with many people saying they might not roll again.

“It was crazy the effect these videos had on people,” Powell said.

Powell and Gilliard said that after witnessing the incident they would still return to Carowinds, but only to the water park.

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