Thunder Road roller coaster to shut down Sunday

Last thrills on Thunder Road roller coaster

FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) - It's been almost 40 years since the iconic Thunder Road roller coaster took its towering stand at Carowinds in Fort Mill. The attraction was fast and tall. It was the "it" thing as far as theme park thrills go... but that was 4 decades ago.

Its wooden beamed status of greatness has been replaced with taller, faster, steel rides that draw much larger crowds. They're the kind of rides people post about on Twitter.

But it will be a long time before anyone forgets the roller coaster that captured their adventurous hearts.

Monday afternoon, lines of people formed at the ride to get one last seat before it's closed for good. Park officials say Sunday is the last hoorah for Thunder Road.

"I was 8 or 9 - it was '78 or '79," said Lonnie Rosier, who rode the ride for the first time with his dad. He was back Monday for one last go-round with the same man who brought him the first time. "We're just here for one last ride on a pretty amazing wooden roller coaster."

The park is open all week and expects to see a large crowd on Sunday to say goodbye to Thunder Road. Check out the video portion of this story to see fans say their goodbyes.

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