A man was hit by a roller coaster on Saturday, August 30th at Six Flags Magic Mountain. At approximately 4:00 P.M. the man was struck by Ninja, an inverted roller coaster (pictured above). Michael Rohrer, a 20 year old from West Hollywood, CA, had climbed into a “visibly restricted area” in the act of retrieving his hat. He was found unconscious, attended by park first aid within 2 minutes, and was airlifted to the UCLA Medical Center. He died around 2 AM.
The ironic thing about this accident is that the same thing happened earlier this summer at Six Flags over Georgia. A 17-year old was decapitated by the Batman: The Ride train while attempting to retrieve a hat. The parks are in no way at fault in either case. In both cases, there were 6′ fences with warning signs surrounding the ride. It seems that it would be hard to get hit by a roller coaster, but at 50 m.p.h. (the speed that Batman: The Ride was going during the accident) a coaster can sneak up on you. Perhaps it is best to know that without caution, a roller coaster can take both your hat and your life.