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VIDEO: Superman roller coaster rescue at California park

Carriages came to an abrupt stop about 150 feet in the air…

The train stuck atop the Superman ride yesterday.
The train stuck atop the Superman ride yesterday.
Image: The Associated Press/YouTube

FIREFIGHTERS IN Vallejo, California rescued a dozen people who became stuck on a new roller coaster at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom park yesterday afternoon.

The group became stuck about 46 metres (150 feet) in the air after one ‘train’ comprising of two carriages came to a stop at the top of the park’s new Superman ride.

A spokesperson for the park told the Vallejo Times-Herald that the group was stuck there for about two hours before firefighters and a park mechanic managed to release the carriages, returning them to the bottom of the ride.

Firefighters used a high crane to bring water to the riders while they were awaiting rescue.

The Superman-themed ride opened late last month and has two upside-down twists and two vertical rolls. It can reach speeds of 100 km an hour. The park’s online promotion of the ride reads:

What is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Why, none other than SUPERMAN! And SUPERMAN will reign supreme at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom with the opening of SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight, the park’s first ever DC-themed attraction.

The park spokesperson says that the ride will be subject to a complete safety check and that it is not yet clear what caused it to stop.

YouTube credit: AssociatedPress

- Additional reporting by the AP

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