Roller coaster breaks down leaving terrified thrill seekers stranded 45ft mid-air
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 8:35 PM -
Rescuers pulled stranded riders from a roller coaster at Six Flags America in Maryland after the ride halted on the tracks.
A Six Flags spokeswoman says a train on the Joker's Jinx roller coaster stopped about 45ft from the ground Sunday afternoon.
Hours after the rescue operation began, Prince George's County fire chief said all 24 passengers were safely on the ground. No one was reported injured.
Six Flags 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 96.5 km/h per hour and turns upside down four times.
With files from The Associated Press and CNN