A dozen riders of the newest Six Flags Discovery Kingdom ride were safely off-loaded after being stuck in a stalled train car 150 feet in the air for almost two hours Sunday afternoon.
Six Flags spokeswoman Nancy Chan said the Superman Ultimate Flight roller coaster stopped at about 2:30 p.m. at the crest of the ride, before a twist after the first tower.
The new ride, which opened June 30 at the Vallejo theme park and can travel at up to 62 mph, holds two cars with six riders each.
Vallejo firefighters were dispatched to the scene at about 3 p.m. after receiving a rescue request.
Eyewitnesses said the riders were stuck in the upright position.
At about 3:15 p.m., a large theme park crane
During the rescue mission, two Vallejo firefighters and a park mechanic were lifted up in the bucket and gave bottles of water to the stranded riders. Vallejo Fire Battalion Chief Ray Jackson said that the goal was to get the ride restarted, and if that didn't work then the riders would be taken down individually in the bucket.
However, the mechanic managed to restart the ride, which then went backward, lowering the riders safely to the ground.
Jackson said none of
It was unclear what caused the two-car train to stop. Chan said that the ride will be closed for a "thorough safety inspection." She added that the ride will reopen when the inspection is completed, at an undetermined time.
"If (a ride) stops, it usually detects something and it stops for safety reasons," Chan said.
When asked about compensation, Chan said that the theme park staff has collected the riders' names and contact information.
"I don't know what compensation, if any, would be given," she said. "I can't speculate."
Chan said that in her five-year tenure at the park, she has not seen any incident like Sunday's.
A park visitor, Tiffany Sanchez, of Vallejo, said her 8-year-old son was on the ride two weeks ago when his train was also stalled mid-ride for about eight to 10 minutes.
Sanchez said no compensation was given. When asked about it, Chan said she was unaware of the earlier incident.
A Modesto area family was watching Sunday's action from across the street. They said they were planning to visit Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on Monday.
"Even if it's open, it wouldn't matter," the Modesto man said. "We are not going on that ride."
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