UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -
Two dozen people who visited Six Flags America on Sunday went for one ride they won't soon forget. They were stuck for about five hours on top of the Joker's Jinx roller coaster, and had to be rescued one-by-one.
According to Prince George's County fire officials, 17 adults and seven children were rescued frmo the ride. They say a few of the people had cramps, back pain and dehydration, but there were no major injuries.
"The ride never came to a stop until like three minutes later," said one patron who was rescued. "It kept rocking back and forth. It was-- terrifying moments."
Another rider told FOX 5 when the firefighters showed up to rescue them, it was almost more scary than actually being stuck, just because of the maneuvering required to get them down.
Firefighters said the biggest fear was stepping out of the cars and onto the tracks because there is a lot of grease on the tracks, which makes it slippery.
Six Flags America released the following statement about the incident:
"A train on the Joker's Jinx roller coaster stopped on the track today. Prince George's County Fire and EMS was immediately called to assist with removing guests from the ride. They are on site now. The safety of our guests is our top priority. There are no injuries; all 24 guests on the ride are secure. 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 ride will remain closed until the park completes a thorough investigation and both the staff and ride manufacturer have determined the ride is safe for operation. The safety of our guests is our top priority."
Six Flags' website says the ride goes 60 miles per hour and upside down four times.