WATCH: Dozens stuck as roller coaster derails

2014-07-08 11:22

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Santa Clarita - A roller coaster derailed Monday at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, slightly injuring four people and leaving about two dozen stranded about six meters in the air, authorities said.  

The Ninja coaster struck a tree branch shortly before 18:00 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 a track dangling at an angle, derailed at the front.

Watch footage of the incident here

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.

Pittman said four people on the ride received minor injuries, but they and other riders remained on the stalled coaster, stranded 20 to 30 feet (six to nine meters) in the air, more than an hour after the accident.

The Ninja coaster can hold up to 28 riders.

"As you shoot down the snake-like steel track you'll grip the hillsides and blast through the trees swiftly, slicing through the landscape. Ninja pivots with precision as you narrowly miss tagging land and water, whipping around at 88 km per hour," according to the amusement park's website.

Six Flags Magic Mountain is in the Valencia area of Santa Clarita, about 40 kilometers north of Los Angeles. The Associated Press was unable to reach Magic Mountain representatives after-hours.
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