Six Flags ride that stranded 24 last week cleared by state inspectors, back in service
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (WBFF) – An inspection has been completed on the Six Flags America roller coaster that stranded two dozen people last week in Prince George’s County.
According to a Six Flags America spokesperson, the JOKER’S Jinx roller coaster was found to have an issue with one of the train’s wheels. Six Flags engineers and certified ride technicians resolved the issue and State of Maryland ride inspectors cleared it to be put back into service, the spokesperson said. The park’s full statement, issued Tuesday, reads:
I wanted to respond to all who asked for an update about JOKER’S Jinx. Please know the safety of our guests is always our top priority. After a thorough inspection of the JOKER’S Jinx roller coaster, Six Flags corporate engineers and certified ride technicians identified an issue with one of the train’s wheels and took comprehensive action to resolve it. State of Maryland ride inspectors cleared the ride to be put back into service. Six Flags America has reopened JOKER’S Jinx and we are open daily through Spring Break April 23.
The incident that stranded 24 riders happened on Thursday, April 13 around 5:50 p.m.
Firefighters had rescued all the riders by 9:20 p.m.
At the time of the incident, park officials released the following statement;
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.
The Prince George's County Fire Department later released GoPro video of the rescue: