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Bill Handel

Many Stranded on Six Flags Roller Coaster

 
Posted July 7th, 2014 @ 11:03pm

Video Credit: Youtube 

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A roller coaster hit a tree branch at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, dislodging the front car and leaving four people slightly injured and about two dozen others stranded about 20 feet in the air for hours, authorities said.

The Ninja coaster struck the branch about 5:30 p.m. and stopped, said Michael Pittman, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatch supervisor.

Televised news reports showed at least one of the cars that normally are suspended beneath the track dangling at an angle, derailed at the front.   

Firefighters and park maintenance workers in harnesses could be seen removing the riders one by one from coaster cars. Others waited patiently, some talking with each other and others resting with their eyes occasionally closed. A few passengers remained on board nearly three hours after the accident. Twenty-two people were on board.

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