Roller Coaster Derails When Tree Falls On Track

A large pine tree fell across the track of a California roller coaster Monday night, causing the first car to derail and leaving the passengers stranded 20 feet in the air for nearly three hours.

Around 5:30 p.m. Monday, the Ninja Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain outside Los Angeles derailed, causing four of the 22 passengers to be sent to the hospital, ABC News reports.

The trapped riders initially sounded panicked, but remained calm once rescue workers arrived at the scene and began removing passengers from the ride one by one.

Six Flags said in a statement after the accident the ride will remain closed “until a thorough inspection of the area is complete.”

Six Flags nicknamed the ride “The Black Belt of Roller Coasters,” and describes it¬†online: You’re hanging from the track, which on this insane ride is above your head. Shoulder harnesses secure you in place but don’t expect to just sit in one place — you’re going to be swinging all over, a full 90 degrees each way.”

Park-goer and scared witness Sergio Mendoza told ABC News he was “really sketched out” to go on any other rides.


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