The passengers were trapped about 75 feet (23 meters) in the
air atop the Joker's Jinx roller coaster at the Six Flags
America amusement park in Upper Marlboro, outside Washington,
fire officials said.
The ride stopped working at 2:30 p.m. and the rescue took about
four hours, according to Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc
Crews used a tower bucket to reach stranded passengers. They
were unstrapped one by one, loaded into the bucket and then it
was lowered to the ground, he said.
The passengers were checked by medical personnel before being
released, Bashoor said.
Six Flags Entertainment Corp said in a statement the ride would
remain closed during an investigation into what caused the
"While we are not yet sure what caused the stoppage, the ride
performed as it is designed to," Six Flags said in a statement.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle; Editing by Eric
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