24 passengers rescued after being stuck on Maryland roller coaster

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BALTIMORE — Authorities say 24 people stuck in midair on a stalled roller coaster at an amusement park outside of Washington, D.C., were rescued Thursday night.

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS spokesman Mark Brady said on his Twitter account that the riders became stuck around 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Six Flags America in Largo, Maryland. Some of the passengers remained on the stalled coaster for about three hours.

The Berwyn Heights volunteer fire department said in a tweet that the cars of Joker’s Jinx were 100 feet (30 meters) off the ground. Helicopter video from WJLA-TV showed six cars. WTKR posted video of the rescue on Facebook.

The rescue effort began around 6 p.m. and ended around 9 p.m. No one was hurt, officials said.

This isn’t the first time the ride has experienced problems. Two dozen passengers became stuck on Joker’s Jinx in August 2014.

Representatives for Six Flags did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.