Riders on the Nitro in New Jersey had to be walked down from the first hill Friday afternoon


What goes up, must NOT get stuck.

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.

The ride’s glitch, which kept the “hypercoaster” closed as of Friday night, was blamed on a power failure, park officials told NBC New York, which showed footage of the slow climb down.

In its coaster comparison, USA Today found Nitro, which shared its No. 9 rating with Diamondback at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, and Desperado at Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm, Nevada, to be “butter-smooth as well as loaded with airtime.”

NBC said early Saturday that it had not yet been announced when Nitro would reopen – but for a vicarious thrill, check out this video shot from its front seat. (A word of caution: please fasten seatbelt.)

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