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Theme park worker critically injured after being dragged 15 feet by California roller coaster as he tried to retrieve rider's cell phone

Accident happened at Flight Deck ride at California's Great America Employee at the Santa Clara park had stepped into the coaster's path and was dragged almost 10 to 15ft, witnesses said a rider on the coaster also reported a hand injury at time of the accident

Flight Deck is an inverted coaster, leaving riders' legs to dangle freely. Ride will remain closed until park and authorities' investigation is complete

Two people were injured, one critically, in a roller coaster accident at a popular Northern California amusement park on Friday night.

A park employee at California's Great America park in Santa Clara suffered traumatic injuries after being struck by a train that was returning to the station of the Flight Deck ride.

One witness said the maintenance worker had stepped into the roller coaster's path to try and retrieve a rider's cell phone when he was kicked in the head by a person on the coaster.

A park employee at California's Great America amusement park in Santa Clara suffered traumatic injuries after being struck by a train that was returning to the station of the Flight Deck ride (pictured)

A rider on the coaster also reported a hand injury at the time of the accident and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Park officials do not believe the ride malfunctioned but have closed it to investigate

'I saw the maintenance guy getting hit by the front of the first line of Flight Deck,' Gustavo Ceja told ABC 7 News Bay Area.

'He got dragged almost 10 to 15 feet from the entrance almost to the exit.'

Flight Deck is an inverted roller coaster, meaning the train runs underneath the track and riders' legs dangle freely.

A rider on the coaster also reported a hand injury at the time of the accident and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Park officials do not believe Flight Deck malfunctioned but said they are investigating the accident with state and local authorities, according to a statement released by the park.

Friday night's accident happened the same day a 10-year-old girl was found unconscious after riding the Revolution roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California

The ride will remain closed until it the investigation is complete.

In 1998 a man was killed after he was kicked in the head by a rider of the coaster, then known as Top Gun, when he climbed over a security fence to retrieve his wife's hat.

Friday night's accident happened the same day a 10-year-old girl was found unconscious after riding a roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California.

The girl had to be airlifted to a hospital after riding Revolution, which was cleared to reopen shortly after the incident at the Valencia park.

There was no word Saturday on her condition or whether it was related to the ride.

via California's Great America worker injured after being dragged by roller coaster | Daily Mail Online.

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