If your train goes off the track…
4 Injuries Result From Six Flag Roller Coaster Derailment
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Four people received minor injuries at Six Flags Magic Mountain when the Ninja roller coaster derailed after hitting a tree, stranding 22 riders some 20 feet off the ground, fire officials said Monday evening.
Los Angeles County Fire Department first responders were called to the scene just before 6 p.m., according to a supervisor with the department.
Initial information indicted as many as 30 passengers were on the ride at the time of the accident. That number was later reduced to 22.
Multiple cars holding riders appeared to be stuck at an angle in an area where the tracks pass under trees, aerial video from the scene showed.
“We were riding on the Jet Stream when we saw the Ninja go into the trees,” witness Brandy Chambers said. “It was a lot of leaf noise and then cracking noises … and a lot of screaming.”
The situation was caused by a tree branch that fell onto the track and obstructed the train, according to Magic Mountain spokeswoman Sue Carpenter.
“It looked like a pine tree fell and it fell across the track of the Ninja ride,” said L.A. County Fire Inspector Rick Flores.
“The car came around the corner and it hit the tree,” he said.
These folks are pretty damn lucky this wasn’t much worse.
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