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Suit filed against Six Flags over tree crashing on Ninja

Posted: July 10, 2014 6:52 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2014 6:52 p.m.

Two people who were on the Ninja roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Monday when a tree fell across its tracks have sued the park.

Jeremy Ead and Olivia Feldman filed the suit Wednesday alleging Magic Mountain is responsible for the incident.

“Six Flags had an obligation to make sure those trees were healthy, that those trees were not going to fall, especially when the park is open and people are on the attraction,” said attorney Barry Novack, who is representing the plaintiffs.

Ead told reporters after the incident that a branch hit him in the head, leaving him with a gash in his forehead.
The lawsuit seeks money to cover lost earnings, legal costs and medical bills.

Carpenter said Thursday the park has no comment on the suit.

Peter Melton, a spokesman for California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said Tuesday that a pine tree, between 30 and 40 feet long, fell over and hit the first car on the Ninja roller coaster.

“We’re looking into the condition of the tree,” Melton said. “We want to know what made the tree fall down.”

“The California division (Cal/OSHA) has asked Magic Mountain to get a certified arborist to check the tree,” he said.

“The tree’s health would be part of that condition.”

A Fire Department inspector at the scene Monday said two people were injured in the accident — the two in the front seats of the front car — but both suffered only minor injuries.

The incident left 22 occupants stranded some 20 to 30 feet in the air. It took nearly three hours to evacuate all occupants.
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