TIME Accident

Six Flags Sued by Injured Roller Coaster Riders

Roller Coaster Accident
Members of the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park security staff monitor the situation at the exit of the park after riders were injured on the Ninja coaster Andy Holzman— AP

22 passengers were injured after a tree branch fell on roller coaster tracks

Two riders who injured their heads Tuesday in a roller coaster accident at the Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California are suing the amusement park. Jeremy Ead and Olivia Feldman were among 22 riders who suffered injuries Monday after a tree branch fell on the roller coaster track, derailing the car in which they were riding. Fire fighters rescued the passengers after they spent two hours suspended 40 feet above the ground.

The Ninja roller coaster was built 25 years ago and weaves among many trees. Attorney Barry Noack says his clients, Ead and Feldman, question how safe it is to build a ride in the “wilderness.” They are seeking unspecified damages after suffering “direct trauma,” according to NBC Los Angeles. Ead told the Los Angeles Times that a branch fell on his head: “I was there bleeding from my head.”

The California Department of Industrial Relations is still investigating whether the park is responsible for the crash. “The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority and as a precaution, the ride will remain closed until a thorough inspection of the area is complete,” park officials said in a statement after the derailment.

[Los Angeles Times]

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