On June 30, Superman: Ultimate Flight opened at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, to anxious crowds and much fanfare. It’s not every day a new roller coaster opens, after all, and coaster fans were lining up to go for a ride. On yesterday, the fans who were lucky enough to take the coaster for a ride ran into a problem. A dozen riders were stranded 150 feet in the air after the Superman Ultimate Flight roller coaster broke down. The riders were stranded for 2 hours in the afternoon heat; fortunately, they were right-side up and not upside down.
“If (a ride) stops, it usually detects something and it stops for safety reasons,” said Six Flags spokeswoman Nancy Chan. ”I don’t know what compensation, if any, would be given. I can’t speculate.” Chan added that the ride would be closed indefinitely for a “thorough safety inspection.”
Firefighters were called, but a mechanic was able to get the ride restarted and the roller coaster cars were backed up and returned to the launching point. I have no doubt that fans who were stranded will get free tickets or something else for their troubles, and if there is a problem with the coaster, it will be modified pretty quickly.
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