Batman is nowhere to be found, while The Joker is up to his old tricks. Prince Georges County fire and EMS crews came to the rescue when The Joker's Jinx roller coaster malfunctioned this past Sunday, August 10, 2014. ABC7 News reports 24 people were stranded for 5 hours while rescue workers (modern day superheroes) came to the rescue!
The Joker's Jinx is a LIM Catapult Coaster. www.Premier-Rides.com notes -
LIM Catapult Coasters feature Premier Rides' cutting-edge technology launch system that uses LIMs to catapult trains out of the queue house in an extraordinary burst of speed. An intense electromagnetic wave rockets riders to speeds of 60 mph in just over three seconds. The LIM launch creates enough energy to propel the trains through the 500-ton steel maze including 30 vertical curves, 25 horizontal curves and four upside-down loops. Premier Rides' LIM Catapult Coasters include: The Joker's JinxTM at Six Flags America; PoltergeistTM at Six Flags Fiesta Texas; The Outer Limits: Flight of FearTM at Paramount's Kings Island and Paramount's Kings Dominion; and, Mad CobraTM at Kingdoms of Discovery in China.
I can't begin to wrap my mind around the anxiety felt by the riders. Imagine being stuck 79ft in the air and you can't escape!
Check out this ABC7 live rescue footage from yesterday...
This happened in my own backyard just a few miles from home. Now you know why I don't go on roller coasters, mom and dad!
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and have you ever had a close call on a roller coaster?