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Thrills Turn To Chills At Carowinds

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There has been another terrifying amusement park mishap.

This time, the incident happened at Carowinds, outside Charlotte, North Carolina. Riders on the Windseeker were left dangling Sunday afternoon.

"There was a lady... she was clearly getting distressed, she was gripping the bar very tightly," says Windseeker rider Pete Southers, of another stranded rider.

"You're shaking the whole time. Everybody was freaking out around me. I didn't like it at all," Southers' 11-year-old daughter, Maggie, says.

Officials from the company that owns and operates Carowinds, Cedar Fair Entertainment,  blame a safety system for unexpectedly stopping the ride, saying "teams responded immediately and followed the appropriate safety procedures to bring the passengers safely to the ground."

This very same Windseeker broke down just a year ago.

Last fall, the one at California's Knott's Berry Farm marooned riders for nearly four hours.

After several amusement incidents this summer, including a woman falling to her death from a Texas roller coaster, and a boat ride in Ohio that injured 7 riders when it flipped over, some thrill-seekers may be thinking twice.

"The truth is, you shouldn't avoid amusement parks. It's inspection on top of inspection on top of proper maintenance and records that keeps those rides safe," says amusement park safety expert David Collins.

Back in North Carolina...

"We're coming back down to Earth!" says Southers.

Riders who wanted one got a ticket to come back... for free.

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