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Twenty-four rescued from roller coaster at Six Flags America

August 11, 2014

By Tim Pratt, The Capital, Annapolis, Md.



Aug. 11--Two dozen people were rescued from a roller coaster Sunday at Six Flags America amusement park in Prince George's County.

The Joker's Jinx came to a stop atop a curve at around 2:30 p.m. A park spokesman said in a statement that a computerized safety system kicked in, bringing the ride to a halt.

Emergency personnel spent roughly three hours pulling riders one-by-one from the coaster. They were seated upright when the ride stopped.

Photos posted on social media by Prince George's County Fire Department Chief Marc Bashoor show emergency personnel standing atop the ride, helping riders out of their seats and into a bucket to be lowered to the ground.

Bashoor said at 7 p.m. that all 24 riders were on the ground and were being evaluated by emergency personnel before being reunited with their families. No riders were transported for additional medical attention.

The Joker's Jinx is more than 2,700 feet long and reaches a top speed of 60 miles per hour, according to the Six Flags website. The ride was shut down for the day after the rescue.

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