Saturday, August 02, 2014

New Jersey roller coaster loses power Friday afternoon, riders safely walk 230 feet to ground

8/2/14, "Six Flags roller coaster loses power at 230-foot peak; riders forced to walk down," WPIX 11, Julia Jacobo

"Riders of a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in New Jersey missed out on their thrill-seeking adventure when the ride lost power, and they were forced to walk the 230-drop alongside the tracks.

Officials said the Nitro at Great Adventure was approaching the incline when it experienced power failure, getting stuck. Park personnel climbed the access stairs to reach the passengers and walked them to ground level.

The coaster was shut down for the remainder of the night after the incident. No one was hurt, but it’s not clear when the ride will reopen. The Nitro is 233 high and reaches speeds up to 80 miles per hour.

PIX11 viewer Michael Sisk was riding the Nitro went the power failed and was among the passengers who descended several stairs to be reunited with the ground, rather than hitch a ride there as intended."

First image: "Passengers on the Nitron at Six Flags in New Jersey had to walk down 230 feet of access stairs after the ride lost power. (Photo: courtesy of Michael Sisk)"

Second image: "A passenger on the Nitro took a Snapchat to depict just how far down they had to walk from the coaster after it lost power. (Photo: courtesy of Michael Sisk)"
8/2/14, "Six Flags Roller Coaster Loses Power, Riders Walked to Safety," People, S. Silverman

"The ride that USA Today ranked as the No. 9 fastest roller coaster in the country, the Nitro at the Six Flags amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey, got stuck on Friday afternoon while making its way up the first incline, a 230-ft. high peak that usually leaves riders gasping for breath on their way down.

But this time, rather than speeding earthbound at 80 m.p.h., thrillseekers had to be walked back down the track by park personnel."...

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