CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The popular WindSeeker re-opened on Sunday after a malfunction forced officials to close the ride Saturday morning.
Saturday, the tallest ride ever built at Carowinds suddenly stopped with 25 people sitting on board.
Officials said the WindSeeker’s safety security system activated causing the ride to halt around 10 a.m. Saturday.
The thrill seekers were initially stuck at the top of the ride and then lowered to 30 feet above the ground where they waited more than two hours.
Sunday afternoon the ride opened around noon after a series of "test cycles".
Carowinds officials released the following statement to NewsChannel 36 regarding the incident:
"At approximately 10:10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2012 a sensor in WindSeeker was engaged causing the ride’s safety system to activate as the ride approached the top of the tower.
The ride slowly came to a stop. The Carowinds Ride Maintenance and Safety teams brought the passengers safely from the top of the tower to the ground.
As a result of the activation of the WindSeeker safety system on 7/14, a minor adjustment has been made to the sensitivity of the safety brake.
After making the adjustment, WindSeeker was ‘Test Cycled’ without riders to confirm the appropriate adjustments were made to the safety system.
Carowinds’ Mechanical and Safety teams continued to run tests on WindSeeker for the reminder of the day on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning to ensure that the ride is running properly and per the ride manufacture’s specifications.
The ride re-opened to the public at noon on Sunday, July 15 after all test cycles were complete."