On Sunday, riders on Joker’s Jinx at Six Flags America were stuck when the ride stopped abruptly. No injuries were reported, and all riders are reported to be fine. The coaster stalled around 2:30 p.m. and it took several hours for rescue workers to get the 24 riders from the ride.
Riders were stranded about 79 feet in the air when the coaster stopped due to a malfunction with the ride’s computer. The coaster was opened in 1999, and is a launched coaster which propels riders from 0-60mph at first launch. It has four inversions, however all passengers were right side up when the stall occurred. Rescue crews began the daunting task of bringing riders down one by one.
While these types of stalls are rare, they do occur. This hasn’t been the first incident this summer with a Six Flags coaster. Just a few weeks ago, Ninja at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California derailed when a tree that was growing around the tracks fell. That incident had no injuries either, and prompted the park to remove and trim several trees around the track.
As of the initial report on this story, crews were still rescuing riders from the coaster at Six Flags America in Maryland.