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24 stranded riders rescued from Six Flags roller coaster

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Twenty-four Maryland thrill seekers climbed into a Six Flags America roller coaster on Sunday afternoon and ended up getting a little more than they bargained for.

The roller coaster's name is Joker's Jinx, and its website warns patrons to prepare for a "blazing fast launch" ​and a "one-of-a-kind maximum twist experience."

But the roller coaster is also, well, jinxed, and at the top of one of its twists, it decided to prove it

Riders were stuck 79 feet in the air, posing problems for the firefighters trying to get them down. (Video via ABC) 

The Washington Post reports the ride became stuck around 2:30 p.m. and was reached by firefighters around 4 p.m. By 7:30 p.m., all the passengers had been rescued. 

A Six Flags employee said the ride is programmed to press the brakes when it senses danger, and "performed as it is designed to." 

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And in some ways, the passengers were lucky — the ride has about 4 "full inversions," any of which could have left the passengers hanging upside down.

Then again, it was a hot and very sunny day at the park, leading rescue workers to get creative.

​"So I know that the rescue crews, you know, before, were giving them water and some umbrellas to help give them some shade." 

These accidents also might be more common than you think: From 2001 to 2011, the National Safety Council counted 14,000 amusement park injuries, along with 52 deaths between 1990 and 2004.  

Inquisitr put it another way: In 2013, you were six times more likely to die from a roller coaster than a shark attack. 

The reason for so many accidents? One safety expert tells Discovery he blames a successful lobbying campaign to remove amusement parks from federal oversight. Seventeen states lack an agency in charge of inspections. 

As of 7:30 p.m., everyone trapped on the Joker's Jinx was on the ground, with no injuries reported. 

This video includes images from Stuart Newsom/CC BY-NC 2.0

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