Six Flags Roller Coaster Injures Four
22 people were stranded 30 feet in the air for several hours following a mishap on a roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, California.
About the Six Flags Roller Coaster Incident
“We were going across one turn and all of a sudden a loud noise happened… I ducked down just in time. A hard branch hit me in the head.” – Jeremy Ead as published by the San Antonio Express-News
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the accident occurred Monday when the amusement ride hit a tree branch that dislodged the first car. Of the four injured riders, two were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatch supervisor reported that the roller coaster hit the tree branch around 5:30 p.m. and then stopped. It was almost three hours later before firefighters and park maintenance workers were able to rescue all of the riders..
The ride remains shut down while the accident is investigated, according to a statement made by park spokeswoman.
Other Recent Roller Coaster Incidents
About a year ago, occurred when a woman was ejected from a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. The woman died as a result of the incident, but her death was ruled an accident.
Although her family sued both Six Flags and the German company that built the coaster's trains, both parties denied any wrongdoing in the incident.
Another accident occurred in September 2012 at a Southern California amusement park, Knott's Berry Farm. Although nobody was injured in this incident, riders were left dangling at 300 feet for more than three hours due to the Windseeker ride breaking down.