Records show recent repairs made on Joker's Jinx roller coaster at Six Flags
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (ABC7) —
Some call the Joker's Jinx one of Six Flags best rides. Since 2014 it's twice broken down and left riders stranded. The 7 ON YOUR SIDE I-Team just requested all inspections on every ride in the park.
Here's what we know right now:
The Joker just passed its most recent inspection on March 2 with the State of Maryland with no violations but Inspectors did require the replacement of air cylinders on the braking system and repairs of small cracks before issuing a state safety certificate.
Ken Martin, a leading expert on roller coaster safety in the nation tells ABC7 News the Joker reacted like it was built to do in a crisis.
Martin says "This roller coaster did exactly what it was supposed to do. It stopped safely and kept the people in a safe position."
Records show the Joker opened in 1999. At the time it's cutting edge linear induction motor launched passengers from zero to 60 in just over 3 seconds and every day Six Flags does safety inspections too.
Ken Martin who also works with KRM Consulting in Richmond, Virginia says "Their trained maintenance staff comes in. They run through and walk the track. They run the coasters several times and put it through daily check sheets.”
The Joker stranded 24 people three years ago, too, after debris was dropped by passengers and got stuck in the wheels of the coaster.
Martin says "Out of the 50 states I would say Maryland program falls into the top 5 because they have a unit dedicated to nothing but amusement rides."
7 ON YOUR SIDE also discovered Zydeco Zinger just got inspected last month by state inspectors and passed with flying colors. The kid's roller coaster The Great Chase had to make two repairs during its inspection in March and then passed its safety inspection too at Six Flags.