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Roller coaster rider and bird collide

8:30 AM, Jul 30, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSON, N.J. (The Asbury Park Press NJ) - A bird crashed into the face of a person at Six Flags Great Adventure who was riding the Kingda Ka roller coaster on Thursday.

The person, who was identified only as a juvenile male, suffered minor injuries to the face and neck and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to Six Flags spokeswoman Kristin Siebeneicher.

Kingda Ka is 45 stories high and its trains reach speeds as high as 128 miles per hour, according to Great Adventure's website.

The collision happened about 4:45 p.m. on the train's return to the station near a hill in the track, Siebeneicher wrote in an e-mail Thursday.

"We immediately shut the ride down and notified the state Department of Community Affairs, which is protocol," she wrote. "They cleared us to reopen the ride approximately 30 minutes later."

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