Some scary moments for riders on a roller coaster at an amusement park about 25 miles north of Los Angeles. A car derailed prompting a rescue effort that lasted about three hours.
Riders on the Ninja Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California were hanging nearly 30 feet in the air for hours Sunday. Officials say part of a tree came crashing down on it at about 5:30pm pushing the first car off the tracks.
All 22 people were rescued. Jeremy Ead was one of four injured riders. “I ducked down just as a hard branch hit me in the head. I was there bleeding from my head which was a little worse than this. It took about 45 minutes to get any type of response.”
In a statement, amusement park officials said: “The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority and as a precaution, the ride will remain closed until a thorough inspection of the area is complete.”
The park’s website advertises that the Ninja Coaster swoops through trees at 55 miles per hour to give riders a thrill.
The accident comes nearly a year after a woman was ejected from a roller coaster at “Six Flags over Texas” in Arlington and died. The death was ruled an accident, but her family has sued both Six Flags and the German company that built the coaster’s trains.