Boy recovering: Bird hit him in face while riding NJ roller coaster

Boy injured on Kingda Ka when he was hit by bird while riding the coaster. Screen shot via Six Flags.

An unidentified boy, 12-years-old, was riding the Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey on Thursday afternoon when a bird flew into his face. The boy was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries to his face and neck.

Kristin Siebeneicher, a spokeswoman for the park said that the coast had already made it’s final descent when the collision happened and the cars were heading back to the station. This may be why the boy’s injuries were less severe.

The Kingda Ka is the tallest coaster in the world and the fasted in North America. According to the Six Flags website, the ride breaks all world records, standing 45 stories tall and reaching speeds of 128 mph.

After the incident, the ride was shut down for 30 minutes until the Department of Community Affairs cleared the coaster for continuation.


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