Four patrons were injured and 18 more were stranded for hours after the Ninja roller coaster derailed at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Monday, July 7th. According to Six Flags officials, the front car struck a tree branch that had fallen onto the track, causing the derailment.
The derailment occurred around 5:30 p.m. Monday evening. According to witnesses, the 22 people aboard the roller coaster were stranded 20-30 feet in the air for about three hours before they could be rescued. Four suffered minor injuries and two of the injured were taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
The Ninja remains closed while the accident is under investigation. According to the Six Flags website, the Ninja was built in 1988 and has a top speed of 55 mph and claims “The black belt of roller coasters whips you into submission.”