Updated at 7:50 p.m.
Two guests at Six Flags Magic Mountain were transported to a local hospital for precautionary measures after a tree branch fell on them while riding the Ninja roller coaster at the Southern California theme park.
“A tree branch fell on the track of the roller coaster, Ninja, obstructing the train,” said park Director of Communications Sue Carpenter. “Park medical staff and local paramedics were immediately called to the scene. The 22 guests on the train were all alert and corresponding with park personnel during the evacuation process.”
LA County Fire officials reported that the four people in the front car all had minor injuries but none were expected to be serious. Twenty-two guests in total were stuck on the ride for approximately 2.5 hours as the final riders were evacuated around 8:30 p.m. PT.
LA County Sheriffs, who have a sub station on park property, were first on scene along with park medical and security staff. LA County Fire along with an urban search-and-rescue team arrived shortly after the incident occurred and were able to secure the derailed car using chains, keeping the train and car stable during the evacuation process. Firefighters deployed a “cherry-picker” to pull riders off the train one-by-one until the final rider was brought to safety.
During the entire incident riders were alert and communicating with the rescue personnel according to Carpenter.
The park remained open to guests with many other rides operational during the rescue effort.
Ninja, one of the oldest rides at Magic Mountain, is a suspended coaster that sweeps through the trees on Samurai Hill and has been in operation since 1988. There is no timetable for when the ride will return to full time operation.