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Six Flags roller coaster reopens after stalling, stranding riders 80 feet above ground

A roller coaster at Six Flags in Largo has reopened after 24 riders were stranded on the ride when it stalled mid-trip last Thursday afternoon.

According to a Six Flags America spokeswoman, the Joker's Jinx roller coaster underwent an inspection and was put back in service late Sunday after being cleared by state officials.

"Six Flags corporate engineers and certified ride technicians identified an issue with one of the train's wheels and took comprehensive action to resolve it," Six Flags spokeswoman Denise Stokes wrote Tuesday in an email.

"Please know the safety of our guests is always our top priority," Stokes wrote.

The 24 roller coaster riders stranded for up to four hours on a Six Flags America ride afternoon ranged in age from 6 to 45, the Prince George's County Fire Department said.

The last of the riders was lowered to the ground just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the amusement park in Largo — about four hours after a technical rescue team began to respond to the scene. The riders on the Joker's Jinx were stuck in their seats about 80 feet above the ground and at roughly a 30-degree angle after the attraction stalled.

About 50 personnel responded and lowered the riders from their seats to the ground via a ladder truck.

In an email at the time, Stokes said the ride "did not complete its regular ride cycle causing it to stop at a safe location on the track."

In August of 2014 a similar incident occurred on the ride.

According to Six Flags' website, Joker's Jinx has a top speed of 60 miles per hour. The roller coaster — which debuted in 1999 — is 2,705 feet long and a ride lasts one minute and 15 seconds.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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