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Injuries and rescues as roller coaster slams into tree

July 10, 2014 Headline News, Theme Parks No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Four people received minor injuries and 22 riders were rescued at Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Los Angeles when the park’s Ninja roller coaster derailed after hitting a tree, stranding riders six metres off the ground.

Six Flags uses the phrase “the black belt of roller coasters whips you into submission” to describe travelling on the Ninja, a suspended swinging roller coaster, one of only four in the US.

Firefighters survey what appeared t ... on the Ninja ride. Credit KTLA

Firefighters survey what appears to be a derailed train car on the Ninja ride. Credit KTLA

Aerial footage from the scene appeared to show multiple cars holding riders stuck at an angle at a spot where the tracks passed under trees.

“We were riding on the Jet Stream when we saw the Ninja go into the trees,” witness Brandy Chambers told channel KTLA5 Los Angeles. “It was a lot of leaf noise and then cracking noises … and a lot of screaming.”

It happened after a tree branch fell onto the track,  a Magic Mountain spokeswoman told KTLA.

Fire department inspectors confirmed a pine tree appeared to have fallen into the path of the Ninja, causing the first car to derail. The injuries happened in the first car.

How the Ninja roller coaster usually looks

How the Ninja roller coaster usually looks

Two injured riders were taken to a local hospital as a precaution, suffering apparently minor injuries.

The Six Flags website says the Ninja is temporarily closed.

The site’s description of the way the ride usually operates: “You’re hanging from the track, which on this insane ride is above your head. Shoulder harnesses secure you in place but don’t expect to just sit in one place – you’re going to be swinging all over, a full 90 degrees each way.”

Written by : Peter Needham

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