24 rescued from stuck Maryland roller coaster

Authorities say 24 people stranded on a roller coaster have been rescued from near the top of the ride at Six Flags America in Maryland.

This image provided by Prince George's County Fire

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) (Credit: AP)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - (AP) -- Authorities say 24 people stranded on a roller coaster have been rescued from near the top of the ride at Six Flags America in Maryland.

Prince George's County Fire officials say it took about five hours Sunday to rescue 17 adults and seven children from The Joker's Jinx roller coaster.

Assistant Fire Chief Paul Gomez says the riders were sitting upright. A few had cramps, back pain and dehydration, but there were no major injuries.

A Six Flags America spokesman said in a statement that it is not yet clear what caused the ride to stop but that it has a computerized safety system that "performed as it is designed to."

Six Flags' website says the ride goes 60 miles per hour and upside down four times.

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 Long Islanders look to add to HS wrestling legacies
A group of GoFundMe contributors and a medical 2 Charitable acts help sick Texas boy get home
State Sen. Ruben Diaz visited Melrose-based artist Robinson 3 Black History Month: Robinson Alston
Fears of an immigration crackdown are spreading across 4 2 legislators introduce Westchester Immigration Protection Act
Business Report, 2-20 5 Westchester Business Report, 2-20

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Roller coaster riders hang vertically for hours

Some people on a roller coaster at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. got more of

The boy, whose name was not released, was Child hurt in Coney Island amusement park ride

A 5-year-old boy suffered lacerations to his left leg and head after falling off a

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE