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24 Rescued After Being Trapped on a Roller Coaster at Maryland Six Flags

August 10, 2014

All 24 riders who were stuck on a roller coaster at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland for hours in the hot summer sun are now safely on the ground, Fox 5 DC reports. 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.

The ride stalled at the top of the roller coaster about 45 feet above the ground just before 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, ABC News reports. No injuries were been reported, but at least two riders were treated for dehydration after spending hours in the sun. 

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"Temperatures are in the lower 80s with sunshine, comfortably low humidity, and a light southeast breeze," says weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. "The main concern would probably be dehydration -- the direct sunlight can make it feel 15 degrees hotter, and people can lose a lot of water as their sweat evaporates in the relatively dry air." 

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."

"The ride will remain closed until the park completes a thorough investigation and both the staff and ride manufacturer have determined the ride is safe for operation," the statement said. 

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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