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Visitors to Six Flags AstroWorld were stranded on two of the amusement park's more exciting rides Saturday, due to a 45-minute power failure.



Although "most of the rides were over" around 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Six Flags park personnel had to rescue riders on the Texas Cyclone and the Serial Thriller.


"Those two evacuations were successful," said Six Flags spokeswoman Donna Jendritza. "These are rides that we operate safely every day. But yes, they are two of our major roller coasters in the park."


Jendritza said that riders on the Texas Cyclone had just begun the ascent "before the first drop" on the roller coaster when the power went out. Those riders were escorted down a staircase by Six Flags personnel, she said.


The riders on the Serial Thriller were "nearly at the station" when the power failure happened, Jendritza said.


"We had no injuries or incidents," Jendritza said. "Those who were in the park during the power failure did receive a rain check to come visit again, for their inconvenience. We invited everyone to come back again."


Jendritza said employees who work on the rides at all Six Flags parks "receive extensive training" about evacuating patrons on stuck rides.


"Everyone is trained to do these types of things. And all guests who were in the park were made comfortable during the power outtage," Jendritza said. Guests were offered water, she said.


About 5,000 customers of CenterPoint Energy, including Six Flags AstroWorld, were left without power beginning at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, said Stacey Williams, a spokeswoman for the electric company.


"We had an equipment failure at one of our substations that affected two transformers," Williams said. Crews from CenterPoint fixed the problem within about 30 minutes, Williams said.

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Wow, there must have been other stuff going on yesterday in the news since I didn't hear about this and usually this kind of crap makes national headlines!


I think it kind of concerns me that only 2 rides were affected by the power outage...does that mean that all other rides were stacked??? Oh wait...this is Astroworld we're talking about!


Elissa "it would suck to get stuck on Ultra Twister!" Alvey

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Oh, nevermind!


Fox 11 is now reporting how people were stranded at the top of a roller coaster! (while they show them stuck on the brake track)


Guess today was the slower newsday!


Elissa "silly media" Alvey

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It made the late news here in Baltimore last night! The news woman said that many people were "terrorized" by the power failure. I think she might have been exaggerating a little...




Wait are they gonna sue for this???? Too bad those 2 girls from Stratosphere werent there i bet they would try anything for it. Can you go on amusement rides and expect to always have a perfect ride?? Anyways i thought it was cool that the park gave everyone a raincheck to come back to the park for the inconvience.

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