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Carowinds' Record-Breaking Roller Coaster Stuck for the Third Time in a Week

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Carowinds amusement park broke records in March after unveiling a new roller coaster called Fury 325. The steel ride, which is the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, has been continually malfunctioning, however, and stalled for the third time in less than a week on Saturday, according to reports.

Visitors to the amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina, told local news station WSOC that the ride stalled several times at the top of a steep incline.

Officials from the park, which bills itself as the “Thrill Capital of the Southeast,” told WSOC that the ride stopped “because a safety mechanism detected a problem.”

“I was debating whether I was going to get on it or not because it’s a scary thing when it gets stuck when you’re in the line, and then it gets stuck directly after you get off,” park visitor Aimee Eudy told a WSOC reporter.

Fury 325 is named for its height; it is categorized as a giga coaster because it falls between a range of 300 to 399 feet. During the ride, which last 3 minutes 25 seconds, the coaster travels up to 95 m.p.h. and drops riders at a 81-degree angle, according to NBC News.

“The safety of our guests and associates at Carowinds Amusement Park is paramount. Our rides have a sophisticated, computerized system that can cause ride stoppages as a precautionary measure,” Carowinds officials said in a statement to WSOC.