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SANTA CLARA -- Firefighters are trying to rescue two dozen people stuck on a roller coaster today at the Great America amusement park.

The incident was reported at about 1:30 p.m. when 24 people were stuck on board the Invertigo, said Capt. Scott Kouns of the San Jose Fire Department.

The riders are from 30 to 70 feet above the ground and are all upright, Kouns said.

"We have crews right now that are talking to them and making sure everybody's OK," Kouns said.

Santa Clara and San Jose firefighters are using specialized equipment in hopes of rescuing those on board, Kouns said.

Riders on board the Invertigo are taken upside down six times in just over a minute after an initial 161-foot climb. The train reaches a speed of 50 mph and eventually repeats the course in reverse.

A Great America spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff

Added: Aug-10-2009 Occurred On: Aug-10-2009
By: bellava
Tags: riders, stuck, on, rollercoaster
Location: Santa Clara, California, United States (load item map)
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