If I were a superstitious person, I might caution against naming a roller coaster the Joker’s Jinx. But then, hindsight is 20/20. At the Six Flags America amusement park in Prince George’s County, the aptly named ride stranded 24 passengers 75 feet off the ground when the cars halted on the track, possibly the result of a automated safety system.
The riders, seven of which were children, stayed there from 2:30 p.m. to just before 8 p.m., when firefighters managed to set up a 105-foot tower ladder to rescue them. According to the Washington Post, all of the riders escaped the ordeal without serious injury.
Interestingly enough, the fire department had actually run practice rescues on that very roller coaster. They must have known it was only a matter of time before the Joker’s Jinx made good on its name!
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