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'Thunder Road' demolished after nearly 40 years

Posted August 13, 2015 5:27 p.m. EDT

— After nearly 40 years, the only wooden roller coaster to cross a state line was demolished Thursday at Carowinds amusement park, in Charlotte.

Carowinds announced in May that Thunder Road, a behemoth roller coaster that required more than a half-million feet of treated lumber to construct, would shut down on July 26 to make room for newer park attractions.

The roller coaster opened in 1976 and was a family favorite of many.