Roller Coaster Accident at Six Flags CA: 4 Riders Injured

Gordon Tarpley / Wikimedia CommonsOne of Cheetah Hunt's trains descending from the figure 8 element. This Intamin AG steel roller coaster is located at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

A roller coaster accident at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California injured four people, according to reports. Riders were on the Ninja roller coaster Monday when one of the cars derailed, stranding them in mid-air and resulting in trips to the hospital.

The roller coaster accident at Six Flags Magic Mountain occurred when a tree branch fell on the track. The front part of the car detached from the track, injuring four riders in the process and leaving them dangling at a 45-degree angle, KTLA reported.

"We were going across one turn and all of a sudden a loud noise happened," Jeremy Ead, an injured rider, told KCAL-TV. "I ducked down just in time. A hard branch hit me in the head. I was there bleeding from my head, which was a little worse than this," he said, referring to a deep cut on his forehead.

The ride was stopped in place after the incident, and firefighters came and removed all 22 riders who were stuck on the Ninja roller coaster about 20 feet in the air for over three hours. Two of the four riders injured were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, but the injuries were relatively minor, park officials told the Associated Press.

The Ninja roller coaster, which has a top speed of 55 miles per hour, cuts through some trees during the ride, which is when the accident with the branch occurred.

"As you shoot down the snake-like steel track you'll grip the hillsides and blast through the trees swiftly, slicing through the landscape," reads the online description of the Six Flags ride. "Ninja pivots with precision as you narrowly miss tagging land and water, whipping around at 55 miles per hour.

The Ninja roller coaster is currently shut down pending investigation into the accident.