Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

24 people stuck on Six Flags roller coaster in Maryland

24 people stuck on Six Flags roller coaster in Maryland

It's not the first time riders have been stuck on the The Joker's Jinx ride at Six Flag America, after a similar issue involving 24 riders in 2014.

According to Six Flags spokesperson Denise Stokes, the ride "did not complete its regular cycle, causing it to stop at a safe location on the track".

At 9:21pm, Six Flags announced that all the passengers were safely off the ride, which they said will remain closed until "a thorough inspection is performed".

Fire officials originally reported 24 people were on the ride, but later adjusted the number to 20 passengers before going back with their original count. The rescue took hours.

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A similar incident occurred on the same ride - the Joker's Jinx - in 2014, when passengers were stuck 75 feet above the ground for almost five hours. It was introduced in 1999, reaches a top speed of 60 m.p.h., and lasts 75 seconds. Joke's on. Six Flags if they ever think anyone's riding this roller coaster again.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and are working to rescue the riders off the coaster.

The riders, the youngest being nine and ten, were upright when the roller coaster stalled.

The Berwyn Heights volunteer fire department said in a tweet that the cars of Joker's Jinx were 100 feet (30 meters) off the ground.

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