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Fire Burns Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Colossus Coaster

By Jonathan Lloyd and Kevin LaBeach

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A portion of Six Flags Magic Mountain’s wooden Colossus coaster collapsed Monday when the decades-old ride caught on fire.

The wooden Colossus opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, in June 1978. It closed in mid-August, celebrating with free rides for a final few hundred riders before crews began adding steel segments to create a “hybrid” coaster set to open in 2015.

Colossus was the world’s fastest and tallest wooden roller coaster when it opened, and the first to feature two drops that are more than 100 feet steep.

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