By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Aug 11, 2014
With a name like Joker’s Jinx, Six Flags America may have been asking for trouble, and that’s exactly what it got when a roller coaster operating under that name got stuck on Sunday, leaving two dozen passengers, including some children, stranded for hours.
The park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is home to the high-speed coaster, which came to a sudden stop on Sunday afternoon about 79 feet in the air. Two dozen passengers, including seven children, were stuck on the ride for five hours before being safely evacuated. No injuries were reported.
“Water, umbrellas and sunblock were given to the trapped passengers as a ladder with a bucket was raised to bring the riders to safety,” reports WJZ Baltimore.
Six Flags issued a statement that read: “The ride has a sophisticated, computerized safety system that can cause such ride stoppages. While we are not yet sure what caused the stoppage, the ride performed as it is designed to.”
“The Joker’s Jinx, according to Six Flags’ website, reaches speeds of 60 miles-per-hour with four upside down turns,” WJZ reports. Fortunately for the passengers, they were right side up when the ride came to a stop.
The ride was shut down for the remainder of the day.