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August 11, 2014

Video: Responders rescue dozens stranded on roller coaster

It took five hours for the 24 people to be rescued from the Joker's Jinx at Six Flags in Md.

The Associated Press

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Authorities say 24 people stranded on a roller coaster have been rescued from near the top of the ride at Six Flags America in Maryland.

Prince George's County Fire officials say it took about five hours Sunday to rescue 17 adults and seven children from The Joker's Jinx roller coaster.

Assistant Fire Chief Paul Gomez says the riders were sitting upright. A few had cramps, back pain and dehydration, but there were no major injuries.

A Six Flags America spokesman said in a statement that it is not yet clear what caused the ride to stop but that it has a computerized safety system that "performed as it is designed to."

Associated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Six Flags' website says the ride goes 60 miles per hour and upside down four times.

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