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Amusement park riders stay in midair for five hours

A roller coaster for some riders was a scary Batman episode that finally came to an end.

Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Md. has a roller coaster called “Joker’s Jinx” in Gotham City at the park. The thrill ride malfunctioned last Sunday when it suddenly stopped in midair. The roller coaster, known for its twists and turns, luckily was not upside down when it abruptly stopped.

Seven children and 17 adults went through the experience of being in midair for five hours. It was estimated that the riders were close to 80 feet up in the air. Prince George’s County firemen and emergency crews assisted passengers to safety using ladder trucks and rescue buckets. Water and umbrellas were provided during the heated wait on the hot summer day. No injuries were reported.

“It was not very hard to keep the victims calm,” said Owen Hardy, one of the firefighters who went up to help the passengers, as reported from the Washington Post. “There really were no frantic individuals and all seemed to be in good spirits. I think they were just relieved to see us come to their aid.”

Washington, D.C. news station WJLA reported what Joker’s Jinx is known for –

"Without any pauses or braking, you'll blast through a cobra roll, a sidewinder loop, a corkscrew, and countless swift reversals in between," the website description says, adding that the ride will "wipe that smirk off your face as you are shot like a bullet into four inversions compressed into a half-mile pile of twisted steel."

"The ride will remain closed until the park completes a thorough investigation and both the staff and ride manufacturer have determined the ride is safe for operation," the Six Flags statement said.

The roller coaster runs on a computerized system. View the video for more details.

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