May 20 (UPI) — Fire crews rescued eight teenagers who were stuck on the “Joker” rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Texas for nearly four hours on Saturday night.
The Arlington Fire Department dispatched firefighters to the theme park at 12:30 a.m. after one of the cars on the brand new rollercoaster came to a stop near the top of the 120-foot-tall coaster.
A group of high school students were stuck on the ride while attending the theme park’s “Senior Nite” event that granted high school seniors special access to the park from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Firefighters called a technical rescue team to help remove the eight teens from the coaster by 3:40 a.m., as stormy weather approached the area.
“At the time the roller coaster was stuck, there was a severe thunderstorm moving through the Arlington area,” Deputy Fire Chief Mike French told The Dallas Morning news. “But it didn’t stop us.”
No one was injured in the incident, and Six Flags staff gave the teens water and items to keep them warm as the wet weather swept through.
“The safety of our guests is our highest priority,” Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker said. “Our team will determine what triggered one of the safety features of the ride to stop the car during the cycle as soon as the guests have safely been removed from the ride.”
The Joker coaster was scheduled to open to the public during the day on Saturday. The park will determine if the opening will proceed as scheduled following a safety check of the ride.