Rescuers pluck passengers from stuck roller coaster

Brady said all 24 of the riders were safely brought to the ground by 9:20 p.m.

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at Six Flags America in Largo, Maryland. Prince George’s County Fire/EMS spokesman Mark Brady said on his Twitter account that the riders came to a standstill about 5:30 p.m.

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The Prince George’s County Fire Department is onsite to assist in getting the riders safely off the ride. The safety of our guests is our highest priority and the ride will be closed for a thorough inspection before reopening.” Six Flags America said in a statement: “Joker’s Jinx did not complete its regular ride cycle, causing it to stop at a safe location on the track.

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An amusement park roller coaster featuring a “cobra roll,” ”sidewinder loop,“ and ”countless swift reversals“ stalled Thursday evening outside of Washington, D.C., leaving 24 riders stuck 30 metres up in the air.

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Helicopter video from WJLA-TV showed six cars. The Berwyn Heights volunteer fire department said in a tweet that the cars of Joker’s Jinx were 30 metres off the ground.

Two dozen passengers became stuck, some for as long as five hours, on the same ride in August of 2014.

TV video showed firefighters in a rescue bucket talking with the passengers, none of whom appeared to be in distress, Brady said.

In this image made from a video provided by the Prince George’s County Fire Department, firefighters respond to the scene after over a dozen people became stuck when a roller coaster stalled at Six Flags in Largo, Md., on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (Mark Brady/Prince George‚Äôs County Fire Department via AP)
Six Flags’ website describes the Joker’s Jinx as having a “spaghetti bowl” design, with the roller coaster doing “a cobra roll, a sidewinder loop, a corkscrew, and countless swift reversals.”