Carowinds closes Thunder Road wooden coaster

FORT MILL, SC (AP) -- The Carowinds theme park on the South Carolina-North Carolina state line has closed its wooden Thunder Road roller coaster to the public.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported that park employees were getting the chance for a last ride Monday.

Visitors got their last shot on the 39-year-old roller coaster on Sunday. The coaster runs from South Carolina into North Carolina and back again.

General manager Mike Fehnel says Thunder Road is being torn down to make room for improvements in the County Fair section of the park. The new attraction is expected to be announced next month. The newspaper reported it probably will not be a roller coaster, but will be something wet.

Fehnel says only five parks in the world have more roller coasters than Carowinds.

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