Boy Hit by Bird on Six Flags Roller Coaster

He was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries to his face and neck

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    Shane Matus had quite the ride on Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags-Great Adventure in Jackson Township, NJ on Thursday. Matus was hit by a bird during the ride. NBC10's Ted Greenberg spoke to the 12-year-old about the wild incident. (Published Friday, July 27, 2012)

    A boy was hit in the face by a bird while riding the Kingda Ka roller coaster at a Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey Thursday, a spokeswoman for the amusement park said.

    The boy was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries to his face and neck after the 4:45 p.m. accident at the park in Jackson, said the spokeswoman.

    The 12-year-old boy, Shane Matus of Howell Township, told NBC 10 Philadelphia the coaster was returning to the station when he collided with the bird. He wondered if somebody threw a ball when he felt the impact.

    "When I started spitting out feathers, I was like, 'that was a bird,'" he said.

    Matus had bruises and scratches on his neck and face from where the bird struck him. He believes the bird was a pigeon.

    "They say the bird exploded," he said. "It hurt a lot for like three seconds. People behind us had feathers and blood all over them."

    The 45-story Kingda Ka coaster, which reaches speeds of up to 128 mph, was shut down for 30 minutes after the incident.

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