Firefighters rescue 24 riders of stalled Six Flags roller coaster

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Baltimore, MD, United States (4E) – Firefighters rescued 24 people who got stuck in a roller coaster that stalled on tracks 75 feet above the ground at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland on Sunday evening.

No one was injured during the incident and the riders were safely pulled out of the car and brought down around 7 p.m. after hanging for five hours in the Joker’s Jinx roller coaster. Prince George’s County firefighters used ladder trucks and harnesses to rescue the stranded riders.

The ride’s computerized safety system automatically stopped the roller coaster after detecting a problem, Six Flags officials said. The ride is temporarily suspended while the problem is being determined.

The Joker’s Jinx stalled around 3 p.m. on a high curve. Firefighters put individual harness on each passenger before they were removed from the car.

The roller coaster named after the Batman villain runs on a 2,700-foot-long tracks at 60 mph.

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