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It was a nightmare turned reality at Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park just north of Los Angeles on Monday.

A roller coaster derailed after striking a fallen tree branch, causing injuries and leaving park-goers stranded for about three hours. Firefighters working from 20 feet in the air labored to rescue all of the passengers from the ‘Ninja’ coaster. According to the fire dispatch supervisor, four people suffered minor injuries.

The Ninja, which opened for park operation in 1998, has a top speed of 55 mph and can hold up to 28 passengers. According to park spokeswoman, Sue Carpenter, there were only 25 on the ride at the time of the accident.

“The 25 guests on the train were all alert and corresponding with park personnel during the evacuation process,” Carpenter was quoted as saying.

Six Flags Magic Mountain drew about 2.3 million visitors last year, ranking amongst the top theme parks in the country. With the occurrence of this incident, Six Flags may have to increase safety precautions in order to prevent something similar (or worse) from happening in the future.

SOURCE: HuffPost | VIDEO SOURCE: News Inc. 

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