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Ninja Roller Coaster Derails In Six Flags Park
A tree branch caused a roller coaster at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park to derail, keeping two dozen people hanging in the air for hours.
Four riders were hurt as the front car of Ninja roller coaster was dislodged on Monday, but their injuries were minor.
The passengers were stranded some 20ft (7m) up as day turned to night.
It took emergency crews nearly three hours to rescue all 22 riders.
Firefighters and park maintenance workers in harnesses tried to reach them through a tangle of track and trees and had to remove the passengers one by one from coaster cars.
The ride will remain shut down while the accident was investigated, a park spokeswoman said in a statement.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is in the Valencia area of Santa Clarita, about 25 miles (40km) north of Los Angeles.