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Sure looks like that car is at the very least destroyed. A tree "branch" did that on a coaster that has no obvious way for a branch to lie across the track? I'm no genius, but that sounds....strange.

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I'm going to be honest--I saw this happening sooner or later. I love Ninja, but the ride rattled so much, it made me question how tightly the train was positioned on the track. I felt like all the bolts were going to come lose and the ride would derail at some point. Looks like it did.

 

Good news is, no one looks hurt, but I wouldn't be surprised if this is the end of Ninja.

 

I'm going to respond to this.

 

You saw this happening.... how? It appears a tree branch fell on the track which caused this... NOT it falling apart because of loose rattling bolts like you say. What you posted almost sounds like something the typical GP would say.

 

Come on... seriously? The trains have been running the way they were designed to. The ride is "seasoned" so it's going to sound like that. Don't you think if it was going to derail as you claim it would have already? And seriously this could happen to any coaster that has a tree branch fall on it.

 

You did not see this coming, a tree branch (apparently) caused this, it's a random event.

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Sure looks like that car is at the very least destroyed. A tree "branch" did that on a coaster that has no obvious way for a branch to lie across the track? I'm no genius, but that sounds....strange.

 

A branch can shift, break and fall onto the tracks. Ninja is basically in the middle of a forest (using the term very loosely), so it's possible.

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Sure looks like that car is at the very least destroyed. A tree "branch" did that on a coaster that has no obvious way for a branch to lie across the track? I'm no genius, but that sounds....strange.

 

A branch can shift, break and fall onto the tracks. Ninja is basically in the middle of a forest (using the term very loosely), so it's possible.

 

It's a suspended coaster. The track is, essentially, upside down. Nothing is easily going to lay across it since the spine is elevated above the rails of the track itself, creating an arch.

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^^ I think they're referring to how it's inverted track and it would be odd for a branch to come to a rest on it. Granted, anything is possible, but I see their point.

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This commentary on the rescue effort is actually kind of hilarious. So unprofessional...

 

That said, it looks like the chassis itself came unhinged from the track... I doubt it hit a tree though. You know the media... coaster derails... trees nearby... BREAKING NEWS: ROLLER COASTER HITS TREE.

 

Honestly, it just looks like a mechanical failure. And that is just speculation... I worked the ride for a while and know a lot about it but I'm not OSHA or the state inspectors...

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"Where did the rest of the ride go? Did it fall?"

 

Someone fire this guy. He shouldn't be saying this stuff on a live stream.

 

I can see where he got confused. There's a veil like thing in front of the train to cover some of the mechanical. But I agree, totally stupid to say that on air...

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In defense of the guy, it really sounds like it's supposed to be internal communication between the speaker, the pilot, and perhaps someone else at the station. I wonder why they set up the live stream to play that audio?

 

Stream just cut out.

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The fact that they're just now chaining the train to the track is disturbing. They've evacuated all but two cars... what if the weight distribution had shifted enough that the train started rolling one way or the other while maintenance was climbing all over the track?

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^^^ They obviously strapped the train onto the track. The first car needs a lot more attention to strap up because there will be weight and balance issues once they start unloading them. Why make everyone else on the train wait? The rest of the train unloading probably was routine for fire rescue.

 

Police and fire are reporting that a tree fell on the tracks. I think that wording is confusing people, but to put it in other words, it was probably a tree leaning on the tracks... or making contact with the tracks...

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