If you’re thinking about going to an amusement park over Memorial Day weekend you might want to think twice! Two separate roller coasters on opposite sides of the world had terrifying incidents on their rides where people were trapped and had to be rescued while high up in the air!
If dangling 45 feet in the air isn’t your idea of having fun over Memorial Day then you might want to reconsider your amusement park plans. the Joker roller coaster at Six Flags in NJ was shut down on May 26 after two riders got stuck and also 15 people were trapped on the Velociraptor roller coaster at Paultons Park in the UK. This is terrifying!
Just a few hours after its grand opening, The Joker roller coaster at a Six Flags in NJ had people trapped around 12:30pm. Officials claim that it happened due to an issue with one of the ride’s dampeners which is what makes the ride flip around. One of the riders who got stuck, Joe Bracco, claims that it took rescuers 15 minutes to get him and the other passenger out. The cart they were in got stuck and Park President John Fitzgerald claims that Joe and the other passenger were intentionally trying to “flip” the car. But Joe claims that is not the case, “[the ride] swings back and forth so much maybe our momentum just got it stuck there.” Although Joe claims they were not upside down, he says they were “definitely not where we should be.” The president went on to shockingly claim that the incident was not that big of a deal, “We clearly don’t want that to happen, so we swapped out that vehicle. No one’s safety was ever at risk.”
Meanwhile, across the pond passengers on a new roller coaster called the Velociraptor at Paultons Park in the UK. 15 people were stuck 45 feet in the year for over 40 minutes after their cart broke down. The 656ft-long roller coaster began to make a hissing noise and that’s when the ride was stopped and passengers were immediately evacuated. Individuals had to be placed in safety harnesses and carried down. Rob Griffiths a spokesman for the park released this statement: “We can confirm that after 11am this morning we had to carry out a well-practised manual evacuation of the Velociraptor ride. Our first priority was to ensure all riders were safely removed from the ride and we are now looking into the cause. All other rides at the park are open as normal.”
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