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Two-Dozen Riders Rescued After Maryland Roller Coaster Stops Mid-Ride

This image provided by Prince George's County Fire Dept. shows firefighters reaching riders stranded on a roller coaster at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
(AP Photo/Prince George's County Fire Dept., Marc Bashoor)
This image provided by Prince George's County Fire Dept. shows firefighters reaching riders stranded on a roller coaster at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.

Nearly two-dozen people are safe this morning after being caught on a stalled roller coaster at Six Flags America in Maryland.

Fire and rescue personnel from Prince George's County were called to The Joker's Jinx roller coaster at the park just before 2:30 p.m. on Sunday after the coaster suddenly became stuck mid-ride. Officials at the park say six or seven cars involved were suspended about 80 feet off the ground with 17 adults and seven kids sitting mostly upright near the top of the ride.

The Six Flags website claims the ride goes 60 miles per hour and turns upside down four times. The coaster is said to have a computerized safety system which can trigger a similar suspension of the ride while it’s traveling.

The rescue, which was performed with the help of ladder trucks and a special rope and bridle system to safely secure riders as they were removed from the ride, took nearly five hours, with all riders safely on the ground by 7 p.m.

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