Aug 10 Two dozen people were rescued on Sunday
from a Maryland roller coaster that malfunctioned, leaving a car
stuck for hours near a high point of the ride, emergency
The passengers were trapped about 75 feet (23 meters) in the
air atop the Joker's Jinx roller coaster at the Six Flags
America amusement park in Upper Marlboro, outside Washington,
fire officials said.
The ride stopped working at 2:30 p.m. and the rescue took
about four hours, according to Prince George's County Fire Chief
Crews used a tower bucket to reach stranded passengers. They
were unstrapped one by one, loaded into the bucket and then it
was lowered to the ground, he said.
The passengers were checked by medical personnel before
being released, Bashoor said.
Six Flags Entertainment Corp said in a statement the
ride would remain closed during an investigation into what
caused the malfunction.
"While we are not yet sure what caused the stoppage, the
ride performed as it is designed to," Six Flags said in a
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle; Editing by Eric