Rescuers pluck passengers from stuck roller coaster

  • Rescuers pluck passengers from stuck roller coaster

Rescuers pluck passengers from stuck roller coaster

Emergency crews including a tech rescue high angle team have begun rescuing riders on the Joker's Jinx.

A roller coaster near Washington, D.C. got stuck Thursday evening, leaving 24 passengers trapped 100 feet up in the air.

Two dozen passengers became stuck, some for as long as five hours, on the same ride in August of 2014. At that time the riders were upright and no one appeared to be in distress, Brady said via Twitter.

Six Flags America posted on Twitter that the coaster is "in a safe position" and that all the riders are safe.

Emergency crews rescued the 24 passengers riding on the "Jokers Jinx" roller coaster, according to our ABC affiliate in Baltimore, after a almost four-hour ordeal.

Mark Brady, public information officer for the department, said the Joker's Jinx ride at Six Flags America stalled about 5:45 p.m.

According to Six Flags' website, the Joker's Jinx is 1 minute and 15 seconds long and reaches speeds of up to 60 miles per hour in just over three seconds. "The safety of our guests is our highest priority and the ride will be closed for a thorough inspection before reopening", Six Flags America said in a statement, according to the AP. It was introduced in 1999, and is full of twists and turns.

According to a spokesperson, the Joker's Jinx has stalled with 20 people on board before.