A popular theme park attraction gave riders an unexpected thrill in the weekend.
Eight people were left stranded 12 floors high on a Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster during a lightning storm Sunday.
The riders—all students attending a park event just for high school students, called “Senior Nite”—were on board of “The Joker” roller coaster at high wind warnings elicited a safety sensor to stop the trip around midnight, according to the People.
“My friend and I thought we were going to die, but because there was lightning, and we didn’t think anyone knew we were there,” Christian Chaney, who was driving with a friend, told the People reports. “We were hand-in-hand, and we prayed a lot.”
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Chaney, along with the other riders, were fixed on the 120-metre-high drive three hours in heavy weather, in the fear that no one from Six Flags knew they were there.
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“All eight of us were screaming at the top of our lungs, in an attempt to get their attention, in an attempt to get them to say something, and we heard nothing more from Six Flags, everyone. No one came over the intercom for at least 25 minutes, maybe even 30,” Chaney told WFAA.
Arlington firefighters were sent to the park around 12:30, but it took several hours for the rescue team for the evacuation of all students. The fire brigade were even forced to cut a hole in the chain link fence and use a ladder truck to rescue the riders, according to WFAA.
“I don’t know how I did it, honestly,” Chaney told WFAA. “The ladder was rocking up and down of the wind.”
Sharon Parker, Six Flags Over Texas’ Communications Manager, said an update of the weather informed, just as the ride took off and sensors picked up the strong wind, the stopping of the ride automatically to a secure location on the track.
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After the incident in the park, Tweeted a message that The Joker underwent a safety inspection for the reopening on Sunday.
After a thorough inspection, The Joker is open. Serious headwinds led to a safety stop overnight. Safety is our highest priority.
— Six Flags Over Texas (@SixFlagsOverTX) May 21, 2017
“After a thorough inspection, The Joker is open. Serious headwinds led to a safety stop overnight. Safety is our highest priority,” the park posted.