Dollywood temporarily closes Lightning Rod rollercoaster after manufacturer recall

Rocky Mountain Construction

Rocky Mountain Construction

Dollywood officials confirmed the Lightning Rod roller coaster has been shut down temporarily.

The park spokesman says the motor has already been replaced and the ride will reopen as soon as they are finished replacing the recalled part. However, that turned out not to be the case, and only a few RMC coasters have been affected by the recall.

The manufacturer, Rocky Mountain Construction, ordered the recall for most of its coasters worldwide.

The ride had been open to visitors for less than a week when the announcement was made.

When it opened to the public, the Lightning Rod roller coaster became the world's fastest wooden roller coaster, reaching top speeds of more than 70 miles an hour. Owens told the Knoxville newspaper that it was built with enough wood to create a small subdivision and winds around a steep hill. We started setting footers in late May of previous year.

The coaster was scheduled to open in March, but was delayed due to technical issues.

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