Magic Mountain Roller Coaster Derailment: Probe Focuses On Tree Branch

Photo Credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain Official Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain Official Facebook Page

I’m a hugeee fan of roller coasters, the bigger the better. Yet, a story like this makes even the bravest like me rethink our next ride.

A fallen tree branch caused the Ninja roller coaster to derail Monday at Magic Mountain, stranding riders for nearly three hours before they were rescued.

Fire Inspector Fred Flores told The Times that the incident occurred when the coaster struck a branch that was lying on the track, derailing the first car.

Magic Mountain bills the Ninja ride, introduced in 1988, as “The Black Belt of Roller Coasters,” racing along a twisting track at 55 mph.

The incident stranded nearly two dozen people, four of whom sustained minor injuries, officials said.

A specialized urban search-and-rescue team was called in to assist in evacuating the riders, who were suspended about 40 feet above the ground.

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