Below is a compilation of the events that transpired today (July 7th) at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
First and foremost, we are glad to report that everybody has been safely evacuated from the ride and only 4 minor injuries have been reported.
Six Flags Magic Mountain Statement – UPDATE – 8:38 p.m. PT
Earlier this evening, a tree branch fell on the track of the roller coaster, Ninja, obstructing the train. Park medical staff and local paramedics were immediately called to the scene. Of the 22 guests safely evacuated, two were transported to a local hospital for precautionary measures.
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.
The first pictures we received from the incident courtesy of KTLA Los Angeles.
This picture from our May update shows the ride just before it enters this area.
Park staff and the Los Angeles Fire Department securing the ride.
Some on-ride pictures taken from somebody who was on the train. I'm not sure where these originally came from, if these are your pictures please email us so we can give you full credit!!
What was first reported as a branch looks more like a "Tree", courtesy of KCAL Los Angeles.
This is a look at the Ninja wheel assembly taken a few years ago. As you can see, it's very beefy. The fact that a tree fell on the ride and it didn't fall from the track says a LOT at how these rides are made and maintained.
Our hats are off to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Six Flags Magic Mountain staff who worked quickly to insure that this incident wasn't worse.
Ninja will obviously be closed while an investigation is held. We'll try and get up to the park in a few days for an update, but as you can imagine, the area is going to be blocked off for awhile.
Unfortunately Ninja isn't the only ride that had to be unexpectedly shut down yesterday at the park. Sadly a teenager was thrown from the Intamin Zac Spin Coaster "Hell" at Terra Mitica in Spain and later passed away from his injuries. This is the same coaster design as Green Lantern First Flight at Magic Mountain.
You can read the full story here: Teenager killed after being thrown from roller-coaster called Hell at Benidorm theme park
Statement from the park regarding the incident:
We are saddened to hear of the accident in Spain. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority and as a precaution we have temporarily closed a similar ride for a thorough inspection
Our thoughts are with the teens family. .