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Magic Mountain Roller Coaster Accident Leaves 4 Injured, Dozens Stranded On The 'Ninja'

07/07/2014 11:31 pm ET | Updated Jul 10, 2014

Four people were injured and approximately two dozen riders stranded after an accident on the Ninja roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. on Monday.

In video streaming live online, rescuers could be seen working to free those stuck in a coaster car that was hanging off the track about 20 feet above the ground.

It took more than two and a half hours to rescue all the stranded passengers from the coaster, local media reported.

The Los Angeles Times says the accident was caused by a tree branch on the track.

Several photos have been posted on Twitter from the scene:

A Reddit user posted an image he says was taken from inside the stuck coaster by his sister, who was among those awaiting rescue.

KTLA described the four injuries as minor.

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

The Ninja, which opened in 1988, has a top speed of 55 miles per hour, according to the Magic Mountain website.

"Your whole body will swing out to the sides as you take winding snake-like turns at nearly 4G. In fact, once this warrior begins its run there’s hardly any straight track at all," a description on the site reads. "But remember your training ninjas, as you cut through the air like a sword, slinging from side to side in a seamless, smooth lightning-fast flow."

Magic Mountain drew 2.9 million visitors in 2013, ranking it 18th among North American theme parks in terms of attendance, according to the Themed Entertainment Association.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated incorrectly that the Ninja was introduced in 1998, rather than 1988.

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