Officials: 24 riders stuck on roller coaster at Six Flags America in Md. safely rescued

Officials: 24 riders stuck on roller coaster at Six Flags America in Md. safely rescued (SkyTrak7/ABC7)

Prince George's County fire officials reported Thursday evening that over a dozen people were stuck on a roller coaster at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro.

Officials say 24 people were stuck on the stalled ride, The Joker's Jinx, at around 5:50 p.m.

As of 9:20 p.m., all 24 people had been rescued safely by firefighters with the Prince George's County and Anne Arundel County fire departments.


The riders were upright, according to fire officials, and no one appeared to be in distress at the time they were stuck.

SkyTrak 7 captured the riders stuck on the coaster on Facebook Live. Watch below:

Officials shared a video of crews on the ground from the scene.

A Six Flags America spokesperson released a statement from the park.

Read the statement in full below:

Earlier this evening, 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 was assisted by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in getting the riders safely off the ride, and this process was completed at 9:21 p.m. The safety of our guests is our highest priority and the ride will be closed for a thorough inspection before re-opening.

Fire officials say children were removed first.

ABC7 News Reporter Tom Roussey talked to the first two people rescued from the roller coaster. Julia Valverde of Silver Spring is in 9th grade, and her brother, Desidarius, is in 8th grade.

“At first it was my brother panicking, and I was like okay, okay this is fine,” Julia said. “Then I realized how high up we were, and then I started panicking too, but we calmed each other down.”

“We felt like we were safe together, and if something happens we have each other,” Desidarius said.

“You see your kids up there, and you can’t help your kids,” the sibling's father Javier Valverde said. “That’s very difficult as a father…if I could have I would have climbed up myself.”

Julia says when the roller coaster stopped it actually rolled back and forth high above the ground before coming to a stop on a turn.

She and Desidarius were stuck for about two hours before being rescued.

In 2014, 24 riders were stuck on the same roller coaster for five hours.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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