JACKSON – A power outage today at Six Flags Great Adventure temporarily shut down all the park’s rides — some with people on them — left customers upset and snarled traffic on Route 537 with exiting patrons.
Great Adventure spokesperson Kaitlyn Turi said a power outage occurred at 1:30 p.m. and all park guests on affected rides at the time of the outage “were safely unloaded within 20 minutes.”
As of 5 p.m., Turi said that about half the park’s rides had been reopened. More would continue to be reopened as power is restored in the park, she said.
The power outage was caused by a faulty transformer, she said. Jersey Central Power & Light Co. employees are on the scene, working to resolve the problem, Turi said.
She said all rides at the park are designed with advanced computer systems that provide safe locations for rides to stop. Ride Operators are trained to help guests safely disembark in such situations
Franklin resident Kelly Scafidi said her family, which included four children and three adults, were only able to go on one ride — the parachute drop — before the power went out. They waited 2 1/2 hours in line to get on that ride, she said.
Scafidi said the family has season passes to Great Adventure and also had received some complimentary passes when visiting last week. But by 4:30 p.m., they were ready to leave.
“Everybody is tired,” Scafidi said. “There are only a few rides on and everybody is trying to get on them. You can’t get anything to drink. All the concession stands are closed.”
Sarah Levtov, of the Riverdale section of the Bronx, said she was there as a guest with a group of 18 people from New York City, including 11 children from six to 14 years old.
“We were actually in the park when the power outage happened,” Levtov said. She said some in the group had gone on one ride, while others had not yet gone on any rides when the power went out. After waiting for 2 1/2 hours to see if power would be fully restored, the disappointed group decided to head back home, she said.
“We will probably not come back here,” Levtov said. “We are completely devastated. What a horrible experience to come here all the way from Riverdale and have this happen.”
Jackson police Sgt. Campbell Brown said heavy traffic exiting the park caused delays on Route 537. By 6:30 p.m., aserious accident on I-195 in Millstone caused further traffic delays.
Jersey Central Power & Light spokesperson Maria Sessa said a foreman and crew were on the scene, have “isolated the outage in an effort to restore power to as much of the park as possible” and to replace the blown out transformer.
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