Four injured, 22 stuck after Six Flags roller coaster derails

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The front part of the roller coaster detached from the track and hanged about a 45-degree angle, pointing to the ground.

Rescue workers climbed atop the track and used a thick rope to tie the front of the car to the track above.

LOS ANGELES, CA (CNN) - A tree branch that fell on the tracks derailed a roller coaster car at a Six Flags amusement park Monday evening, leaving it dangling precariously.

Four people suffered minor injuries on the Ninja ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles, CNN affiliate KTLA said.

The front part of the roller coaster detached from the track and hanged about a 45-degree angle, pointing to the ground.

The car was about 20 feet off the ground, Los Angeles Fire Department supervisor Ed Pittmann told KTLA.

Rescue workers climbed atop the track and used a thick rope to tie the front of the car to the track above.

"The 22 guests on the train are all alert and corresponding with park personnel during the evacuation process," Six Flags Magic Mountain spokeswoman Sue Carpenter said.

She said a tree branch fell on the track, obstructing the train.

Six Flags describes the Ninja ride as a "stealth assassin" on its website.

"The black belt of roller coasters whips you into submission," the site says.

Passengers ride the swinging coaster suspended from the track instead of riding on top of the track.

The derailment is the latest in a series of high-profile roller coaster accidents in recent years.

Last July, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington shut down its Texas Giant roller coaster after a woman was thrown from her seat and plunged to her death.

Between 1990 and 2010, more than 92,000 children were injured in amusement ride-related incidents, according to a study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. That's an average of more than 4,000 injuries per year.

CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian and Greg Morrison contributed to this report.


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