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24 People Rescued From Stuck Roller Coaster At Six Flags America

At Six Flags America, 24 people were trapped Saturday on the Joker's Jinx ride after it stopped near the top.

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At Six Flags America in Maryland, Prince George’s County crews rescued 24 people from the Joker's Jinx after it became stuck near the top of the ride.

Firefighters have made face to face access with first riders - this will be a long term rescue

Marc Bashoor@PGFD_Chief

Firefighters have made face to face access with first riders - this will be a long term rescue

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Rescue crews were called to the ride around 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, according to the Associated Press. It took more than four hours to rescue all of the passengers.

#JokersJinx stuck at Six Flags America

Some people were stuck as high as 79 feet off the ground, at the highest part of the coaster.

On scene technical rescue call 6-Flags America. 24 patrons stuck near the top of the Jokers Jinx

Marc Bashoor@PGFD_Chief

On scene technical rescue call 6-Flags America. 24 patrons stuck near the top of the Jokers Jinx

9:32 AM - 10 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Passengers were helped into a "rescue bucket" and lifted into the air by a 105-foot tower ladder before being placed on the ground, according to NBC News.

Riders being strapped in place within each car, before cars passenger restraint can be released. Then pulled 1 by 1 - 1st 2 people in bucket

Marc Bashoor@PGFD_Chief

Riders being strapped in place within each car, before cars passenger restraint can be released. Then pulled 1 by 1 - 1st 2 people in bucket

11:37 AM - 10 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Rescue efforts still underway for riders stuck on @SixFlags roller coaster in Maryland — Live http://t.co/duBvvuoSwF

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Rescue efforts still underway for riders stuck on @SixFlags roller coaster in Maryland — Live http://t.co/duBvvuoSwF

11:30 AM - 10 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Photo from @BHVFD14 shows rescue operations still underway at Six Flags. #volunteers ^PLM

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Photo from @BHVFD14 shows rescue operations still underway at Six Flags. #volunteers ^PLM

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A spokesman for Six Flags America said in a statement that it has not been determined what caused the ride to stop but that it has a computerized safety system that "performed as it is designed to."

.@SixFlags: Roller coaster stopped 45ft above ground, carrying 24 passengers, no injuries http://t.co/duBvvuoSwF

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.@SixFlags: Roller coaster stopped 45ft above ground, carrying 24 passengers, no injuries http://t.co/duBvvuoSwF

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The Joker's Jinx is designed to go 60 mph and flips upside down four times. The ride was added to the park in 1999.

Firefighters have reached the 1st car by tower bucket - each of 6 cars will be emptied slowly

Marc Bashoor@PGFD_Chief

Firefighters have reached the 1st car by tower bucket - each of 6 cars will be emptied slowly

11:18 AM - 10 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

After more than four hours, all 24 passengers were rescued and evaluated by EMS before being released.

6-Flags, 10 people down, 14 to go. All will be evaluated by EMS personnel before being reunited with family and released to Park officials

Marc Bashoor@PGFD_Chief

6-Flags, 10 people down, 14 to go. All will be evaluated by EMS personnel before being reunited with family and released to Park officials

12:30 PM - 10 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

All 24 patrons in the ground. Currently evaluating all 24 with EMS.

Marc Bashoor@PGFD_Chief

All 24 patrons in the ground. Currently evaluating all 24 with EMS.

1:10 PM - 10 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sunday's incident comes just a month after a roller coaster derailed at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, injuring at least four passengers.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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