When you visit an amusement park in Massachusetts, you probably expect to have a day of carefree fun and excitement with your friends and family. You likely don’t give your safety a second thought as it is the responsibility of park owners to ensure that their ride equipment is checked regularly to ensure that it is safe.

For a group of visitors to a Six Flags amusement park in Southern California, their day of fun turned into a nightmare when a roller coaster car derailed and hung suspended around 40 feet off of the ground. The accident happened just before 6 p.m. when a car ran into a tree branch that was on the track, causing the car to derail. Several other cars had to be shut down, stranding riders for hours while crews worked to rescue those in the derailed car.

It wasn’t until around 8:30 p.m. when all 22 people who were on the ride were evacuated. A special search-and-rescue team was called in to assist with getting riders off the coaster. Four people on the roller coaster suffered minor injuries; two of those were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Although the instances of accidents at theme parks are rare, when they happen they can be deadly. If you have been involved in an amusement park accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering and for any injuries you sustained. You may benefit from speaking to a lawyer who has experience working in premises liability and personal injury law.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Magic Mountain riders rescued after Ninja roller coaster derails,” Robert J. Lopez, July 7, 2014