Eight people rescued after wind causes The Joker at Six Flags to stop

After more than three hours, eight passengers were rescued early Saturday from the newest ride at Six Flags Over Texas, The Joker.

The Arlington Fire Department received a call from Six Flags security about 12:30 a.m. and, upon arrival, found eight young people were stuck on the roller coaster. A thunderstorm moving through the area at that time did not halt the rescue mission, Deputy Chief Mike French said.

“When we arrived on scene there were eight young people stuck on a roller coaster in the middle of the air. The weather wasn’t going to stop us from going up there to help them,” French said.

No passengers were injured, but they complained of being cold. All eight people were rescued by 3:40 a.m.

“Severe headwinds triggered a safety stoppage overnight,” Six Flags said in a tweet.

The Joker coaster was set to open to the public for the first time Saturday morning but it was not to reopen until a full inspection was complete, the tweet said.

The park was open from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday for high school senior night, according to a Facebook post.

“The safety of our guests is our highest priority,” a park spokeswoman told NBC 5 DFW. “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.”

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson

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