Roller coaster fans in Ohio may be interested to learn of a roller coaster accident at an amusement park that left four people injured and dozens stranded on the ride. The incident took place at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park in Valencia. With 2.9 million guests going through the park in 2013, Magic Mountain is rated number 18 in the nation.
The affected coaster car was suspended roughly 20 feet from the ground, but reports indicate that all riders were alert during the rescue operation and were communicating with the workers. According to reports, a tree limb on the track caused the ride to malfunction. As one car hung from the track, it took workers over two and a half hours to remove all the passengers from the ride.
The suspended roller coaster ride opened in 1988 and has top speeds of 55 miles per hour. According to the on-site description, it puts riders through a series of winding turns, reaching forces of nearly 4G. A local news station reports that there were 25 guests on the train at the time and that the incident resulted in four minor injuries to passengers. Photos from the scene have been posted to Twitter.
Under the concept of premises liability, the owner of a property is responsible for injuries sustained by guests as the result of unsafe conditions, lack of repair, dangerous property condition or negligent. Guests entering a theme park for the day have a reasonable expectation that the rides will be safe and that they will not be harmed while visiting the park. When a person is injured due to a ride malfunction, they may be able to seek damages from the park.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Magic Mountain Roller Coaster Accident Leaves 4 Injured, Dozens Stranded On The 'Ninja'", Ed Mazza, July 07, 2014