Roller coaster derails after hitting fallen tree branch, leaves riders dangling

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Valencia, CA, United States (4E) – Six people were hurt when a roller coaster at the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Santa Clarita, California hit a tree branch that fell on the track and partially derailed on Monday night.

The first car of the Ninja roller coaster derailed stopping the ride and leaving the injured and 16 other riders dangling three stories above ground for nearly three hours, according to Fire Inspector Fred Flores.

Rescuers struggled to reach the stranded riders because of the coaster’s height and twisted tracks. The riders were brought down from 40 feet high around 8:30 p.m. and the injured were taken to a hospital.

The Ninja, which runs through trees at 55 mph, was closed for inspection after the accident, according to Six Flags Magic Mountain.

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