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Ninja roller coaster reopened at Six Flags

Posted: July 21, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 21, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

The Ninja roller coaster that partially derailed two weeks ago reopened at Six Flags Magic Mountain Saturday after state regulators finalized their inspection of the popular ride, said park and state officials.

“After a thorough inspection by Cal/OSHA, Ninja has been cleared to reopen for operation,” Six Flags spokeswoman Sue Carpenter said Friday.

The ride opened Saturday morning when the park opened, she said. “The safety of our guests and employees is our highest priority,” she said.

On July 7, about 6:30 p.m., Cal/OSHA officials responded to Six Flags Magic Mountain for reports the Ninja train was stuck on the track with guests aboard, said Peter Melton, a spokesman for California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

“A tree had fallen against the ride track and a train had struck the tree, severing its right front wheel and causing the front axle to derail,” Melton told The Signal Friday.

“The train continued approximately 30 feet further, stopped, and then rolled backward 20 feet before coming to a final rest with the front coach hanging on an angle,” he said.

Six Flags Magic Mountain its their emergency evacuation procedures and evacuated the ride, he said.

Four Ninja riders were treated at the scene for minor injuries with two of the guests taken to an area hospital for further evaluation, Melton said.

The derailed train was removed from service.

“The ride had a final inspection and testing performed on it by a Professional Engineer, then Cal/OSHA reviewed all documentation and conducted its own inspection of the ride,” Melton said.

The division finalized its inspection and cleared the ride to reopen Friday.

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