News Item: Six Flags America: Joker's Jinx Saddles
Posted by r0llerc0ast3r
Fri Apr 14 2017, 01:13AM
Twenty-four riders aboard Joker's Jinx at Six Flags America received the cold shoulder when the train did not complete its entire cycle. Stopping atop the twisted mess of greenish track leaving seven children and seventeen adults sitting idle. The incident occurred at roughly 6 p.m. on the evening of April 13, 2017.
UPPER MARLBORO, MD - Fire crews from Anne Arundel County Fire Department were called into assess the situation and then execute and oversee the evacuation of each rider. Upon arriving on the scene, officials confirmed that the train was tilted on a 20 to 30 degree angle and the riders aboard were doing well and not in distress. Crews worked slowly and carefully to ensure the proper removal of each guest. The entire rescue process took about four hours. All two dozen riders were safely removed from the stalled train to the ground below via a cherry picker. No injuries were caused during the incident.
Six Flags America has 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."
Video of the ordeal was captured and recorded live by nearby media outlets ultimately causing more harm then good in the public eye. While Six Flags America states it stopped at a "safe" location. The train did not stop at a designated area where riders could have been evacuated from the train at a much faster rate. The riders were upright and safe and faced no real threat while awaiting their turn to be removed from the coaster. However, one does wonder what caused this stall given the park has just opened for Spring Break.
Joker's Jinx was built in 1999 and was manufactured by Premier Rides featuring a Linear Synchronous Motor system that catapults the train from zero to sixty miles per hour using electromagnets. Before returning to the station Joker's Jinx takes a train full of riders through four inversions all twisting and weaving in out of itself.
No official reason has been released as to why the coaster stalled.
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