Magic Mountain roller coaster derails after hitting tree; four injured
Four riders were taken to the hospital for minor injuries when the first car of the Ninja roller coaster derailed after hitting a tree at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, Monday evening. The injuries reportedly included neck pain and a knee injury.
Strapped in by shoulder harnesses, the 22 passengers stuck on the ride were suspended about 20-feet mid-air while "firefighters appeared to be cutting at or struggling with foliage near the large white pillars that support the ride," reports KTLA 5.
“It looked like a pine tree fell and it fell across the track of the Ninja ride,” L.A. County Fire Inspector Rick Flores explains to KTLA 5. “The car came around the corner and it hit the tree."
First responders were called to the scene just before 6 p.m. and riders were finally rescued an estimated two hours later.
The ride will not reopen until it passes a thorough investigation and inspection.