A roller coaster hit a tree branch at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park Monday, dislodging the front car, leaving four people injured. Nearly two dozen people were left hanging 20 to 30 feet in the air for hours as park attendants and emergency officials fixed the issue.
Two of the four people hurt on the Ninja coaster were taken to a hospital as a precaution, but all of the injuries have been reported as being minor.
The coaster hit the branch about 5:30 p.m. and stopped- it was nearly three hours later before all 22 of the riders were rescued.
Televised news reports showed at least one of the cars that normally are suspended beneath the track dangling at an angle, derailed at the front. Firefighters and park maintenance workers in harnesses could be seen removing the riders one by one from coaster cars.
The accident comes nearly a year after a woman was ejected from the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas 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. Both have denied any wrongdoing.
Six Flags continues to have apparent maintenance issues with their rides, which is very concerning for anyone who likes to go to these amusement parks. Amusements parks should be fun and safe, especially because of the high number of children in attendance at any given time.
Those who have been injured in a ride like this could make a claim against Six Flags for not properly maintaining the area around the roller coaster. It was someone's job to make sure that nothing gets in the way of the roller coaster and its track, and that person neglected to do his or her job.