Theme park enthusiasts in Florida may not be in a hurry to visit Six Flags Magic Mountain after one of its roller coasters was involved in an accident on July 7. The incident happened on the Ninja, leaving four people injured and 25 riders stranded about 20 feet in the air. One news agency reported that a tree branch on the roller coaster track caused the accident, and another news agency said that the four injuries were minor.
An online video stream showed rescuers working to free the people trapped in a Ninja car that was hanging from the track. Twitter posts about the incident showed photos of the rescue efforts and said that all of the riders were alert and talking. A representative for Magic Mountain confirmed that the riders were conversing with park personnel throughout the rescue. The rescuers spent more than 2.5 hours pulling the riders to safety.
According to the website for Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Ninja was launched in 1988 and goes as fast as 55 mph. The Themed Entertainment Association reports that the park welcomed 2.9 million guests in 2013, making it the 18th busiest park in North America.
Under premises liability laws, the owners of a property and any structures on that property are obligated to ensure that the area is reasonably safe for the guests who enter. This means that visitors to a theme park, for example, may be entitled to compensation if they are injured while they are on theme park property. If an incident, whether it was a slip or an equipment malfunction, was preventable through appropriate steps to ensure safety, the visitors might receive compensation that pays for their medical treatment and other related damages.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Magic Mountain Roller Coaster Accident Leaves 4 Injured, Dozens Stranded On The ‘Ninja’“, Ed Mazza, July 07, 2014