An amusement park left 24 riders stuck 30 metres in the air for three hours and 50 minutes.
After stalling, the Joker’s Jinx ride left the people stranded at100ft in the air until emergency services had to get passengers down one-by-one.
‘To me it’s always seemed like the scariest ride,’ Julia Valverde, who was stuck on the ride with her younger brother, told NBC Washington.
The 15-year-old said: ‘We thought it was going to start shooting off again.’
She was riding the rollercoaster with a her younger brother and added: ‘After a good 30 seconds, the realization hit that no, we were really stuck.’
The ride came to a halt at Six Flags America in Largo, Maryland.
Six Flags’ website describes the Joker’s Jinx as having a ‘spaghetti bowl’ design, with the roller coaster doing ‘a cobra roll, a sidewinder loop, a corkscrew, and countless swift reversals.’
Helicopter video from WJLA-TV showed six cars while the Berwyn Heights volunteer fire department confirmed they removed children first.
The terrifying glitch was a repeat of an August 2014 mistake which left guests stuck. Two dozen passengers were trapped for five hours.
Six Flags America said in a statement: ‘Joker’s Jinx did not complete its regular ride cycle, causing it to stop at a safe location on the track.
‘The Prince George’s County Fire Department is onsite to assist in getting the riders safely off the ride.
‘The safety of our guests is our highest priority and the ride will be closed for a thorough inspection before reopening.’
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