Two riders who suffered head injuries when a tree branch fell on the track of and derailed a Six Flags Magic Mountain roller coaster Monday in Valencia have filed a lawsuit against the Southern California amusement park, a lawyer said Thursday.
Jeremy Ead and Olivia Feldman are seeking unspecified damages after suffering “direct trauma,” according to attorney Barry Novack.
Novack questioned why Ninja, which opened more than 25 years ago, was built around the “wilderness,” referring to the trees that weave in and out of the approximately 2,700 foot long ride.
“They owe the highest degree of care to its passengers,” Novack said. “You don’t build it going through trees.”
Ead and Feldman are seeking reimbursement of medical expenses, past and future; loss of earnings, past and future; and emotional distress. A dollar amount was not specified in the lawsuit.
A report by the California Department of Industrial Relations was expected to be released with an analysis of the crash.
Twenty-two passengers, including four who suffered injuries, had to be rescued by firefighters over the course of about two hours on Monday as they dangled about 40 feet above ground.
"The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority and as a precaution, the ride will remain closed until a thorough inspection of the area is complete," park officials said in a statement following the derailment.