Superman Roller Coaster Breaks Down, Leaves 12 Six Flags Customers Stranded For Hours

James Johnson - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:32 p.m. ET

A typical roller coaster ride lasts several minutes but for customers at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California the broken down Superman Ultimate Flight roller coaster meant hours of waiting for rescue. The stalled train stopped its ride 150 feet in the air where it said for two hours.

The coaster slowed and then stopped before the first tower at approximately 2:30pm.

Superman Ultimate Flight is a new roller coaster that only opened on June 30 in Vallejo, the coaster can travel at speeds up to 62 mph and holds two cars with six riders each.

Firefighters were dispatched to the rollercoaster at 3 p.m. at which time riders were delivered water with the help of a ladder bucket hooked up to a park crane.

Thankfully riders were stuck in an upright position during the entire ordeal.

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At one point all of the riders worked in unison to shake the coast free, it is unclear if the riders made that decision on their own or if firefighters asked them to shake the coaster.

A park mechanic eventually managed to fix the ride which traveled backwards until riders could be lowered to the ground. The Superman Ultimate Flight roller coast has been closed down until mechanics can determine what has went wrong.

None of the stranded riders were injured during the ordeal and none of the stranded riders required medical attention after exiting the ride.

While the reason for the stop has not been revealed engineers say roller coasters stop when problems are detected ahead of further issues to ensure the safety of riders.


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