Riders stuck on rollercoaster 75ft off the ground for five hours

first_img 6-Flags, 10 people down, 14 to go. All will be evaluated by EMS personnel before being reunited with family and released to Park officials— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter Source: ABC News/YouTubeA DAY OUT at a Six Flags theme park turned into an unforeseen drama when a rollercoaster got stuck.24 people were on board The Joker’s Jinx – which can go 0 – 60 in three seconds – when the six train cars suddenly stopped.ABC news reported that the rollercoaster was stuck around 75 feet from the ground during the ordeal at the park just outside Washington.When rescuers got to them three-and-a-half hours after the rollercoaster stopped, the unlucky riders were given food, water, and umbrellas to shield them from the sun.Tweeting from the scene was Marc Bashoor, Fire Chief with the emergency services. Riders being strapped in place within each car, before cars passenger restraint can be released. Then pulled 1 by 1 – 1st 2 people in bucket— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter Remarkably, he kept people up-to-date on how the rescue was progressing: Firefighters have reached the 1st car by tower bucket – each of 6 cars will be emptied slowly pic.twitter.com/bkuF5zFt5c— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter Firefighters have made face to face access with first riders – this will be a long term rescue pic.twitter.com/u6Wt4bANf0— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter FF Owen Hardy, one of the high angle rescuers talks to media about what it took to keep everyone calm pic.twitter.com/GI7sZcDjbL— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Thankfully, no one was seriously injured: Jokers Jinx is stalled. All riders are safe, upright and being helped off the ride with PGCo Fire support. #JokersJinx— Six Flags America (@SixFlagsDC) August 10, 2014 All 24 patrons ON the ground being evaluated by EMS— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter No transports from the 6-Flags hi-angle call. PGFD debriefing, cleaning up, goin home. Thanks to all involved pic.twitter.com/D1y90GpSzq— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Read: Passengers use collective strength to push train off trapped man> Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitter Here’s what Six Flags had to say: Source: Six Flags America/Twitter Source: Six Flags America/Twitter All riders safely disembarked from Jokers Jinx. Ride closed for now. Thanks Prince George County Fire Dept for your help!— Six Flags America (@SixFlagsDC) August 10, 2014 On scene technical rescue call 6-Flags America. 24 patrons stuck near the top of the Jokers Jinx pic.twitter.com/dFEvRG3p6S— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) August 10, 2014 Source: Marc Bashoor/Twitterlast_img

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