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Horrendous Amusement Park Accidents
The material is copyrighted © 2000 by Jeffrey Stanton.
August 8, 2000

During the many years that I've been selling Venice history books on the Venice boardwalk, I've meet many people who have sworn that they have either seen an accident on one of Venice and Ocean Park's amusement piers or have heard about one. The most common legends are the stories of entire roller coaster trains flying off turns and into the ocean or bubble sky-cars at Pacific Ocean Park falling into to the sea with a load of passengers. One girl insisted that 14 people died when the P.O.P.'s Sea Serpent coaster hit the water, yet an accident like that should have made headlines and I read the several different newspapers straight through from the beginning of the century until the parks were demolished. One man I know recalls a sailor during World War II falling off the Giant Dipper coaster at the Venice Pier and landing in the adjacent children's playground where he was playing. There were enough people thrown from that coaster that it likely happened.

Maybe the accounts of the actual amusement park accidents aren't as spectacular as people wish, but some of the ones described in this article are just as interesting or just plain gruesome. This article is not for the squeamish, so if you have a weak stomach try another article. And I'm sorry that there are no photos accompanying this article, but newspapers in the old days rarely ran news photos and certainly wouldn't have printed photos of accident victims.

I've divided this article into Performance Accidents where an accident happens to those giving the show, Roller Coaster Accidents which were in the majority, and Miscellaneous Accidents that happened to either patrons or workers. The majority of these accidents involve single fatalities although a few of the lucky ones survived. And just to clear things up, not one of the area's 14 roller coasters ever had a coaster train derailment where a car left the track. However, that doesn't mean that the passengers weren't occasionally flung out of the cars to land onto the pier, beach or sea below.
PERFORMANCE ACCIDENTS
Apr 8 1912
Dare Devil Ride for Life, built by Thomas Prior, opened next to the Merry Widow at the corner of Windward & O.F. Walk. It featured a wooden motordrome at an angle of 72 degrees and was 80 feet in diameter. First day, driver Ellis overturned while going 50 MPH. Ellis walked away from the accident unscathed.


Dec 30 1912
Hal Shain, a driver in 'Race for Life' bowl (track) jumped over the danger line and collided with one of the projecting posts. His car crashed to the bottom of the racing dish, a mangled wreck. He died two hours later. Three spectators badly injured.


Dec 30 1912
Hal Shain last run @ Dare Devil Race for Life. Death wins at last as car leaps tiger-like in its course, finally hurling the "Daredevil" rider to pit's bottom with the driver beneath, frightfully mangled, dying from injuries two hours later. Four badly injured." Yesterday's 2 P.M. accident - 3 others injured. 2 men & one woman (fractured jaw) were hit by the car and timbers which it struck. All were taken to St. Catherine's Hospital.
Shain had been driving quite recklessly for several days. Yesterday he was determined to drive his car to the very upper edge of track, but his machine struck one of the posts supporting the railing. From the first post struck, the machine skidded 15 feet, then turned upward and plowed its way through railing and into several rows of seats. This is where the two men and woman were standing. The machine then fell backwards into the pit (about 20 ft) landing upside down at bottom with the driver beneath it. He was pulled out from under broken car. Haynes stock car weighing 2500 pounds. It left the track on western side of bowl.


Nov 20 1915
Woman severely bitten by reptile at Alligator Farm. Cleo Frasee, a handler, severely bitten by an enraged 6 ft long reptile when she stepped on its tail last night. It fastened its teeth on her right thigh.


July 17 1916
Aviator Mattingly, whose plane lost power and crashed into ocean, narrowly escaped by jumping clear & somersaulting out of plane, just before it hit. Swimmers quickly rescued him. 80 swimmers towed in the wrecked plane.


July 2 1927
Horse `Lightning' drowned yesterday. 12 people attempted to rescue horse. Second horse in practice dive. First horse became confused and began to swim towards China, then beyond the reach of the lifeguards. Then it turned and swam under the pier through pilings. Horse turned back out to sea. Then the tired horse's head dropped into the water. Lifeguards put float under its head. Act pulled from the pier.


July 2 1927
Diving horse dead - show cancelled. "lightning" the prize show animal of entire troupe was drowned. Horse was making practice jumps without a rider into the surf from a 40 foot tower on Lick Pier. The horse became confused and swam out to sea. Half-dozen lifeguards rescued him by swimming out 500 yards into ocean and buoyed him up with life saving cans on every side. He was brought to shore but couldn't be resuscitated. Carver's daughter was distraught. Horse worth $20,000.


July 4 1932
Parachute jumper battles fiery death in clouds. Louis Speedy Babbs aerial daredevil was to leap from a plane at 8000 feet and descend by parachute while operating a fireworks show. Unfortunately his clothes caught fire at 5000 feet, and spectators didn't realize it until his writhing body, enveloped in flames, dropped from the fog into the clear a few hundred feet above the ocean. Speed boats rescued him - he had severe first & second degree burns. One of the bombs prematurely exploded. The bag was strapped to body - brand held in his teeth.


Aug 6 1934
Snake bites man in act at beach as crowd looks on. Mile Allman was in pit known as "Death Valley." 40 snakes were placed on his body, face and hands. As they were removed, the seven footer struck. His brother immediately gave him first aid and he was then rushed to the hospital.


July 27 1935
Human cannon-ball death probed. W.C. Filler (24) dies in first attempt at dangerous stunt on Ocean Park Pier. He was hurled 150 feet in an arc and landed in the ocean. Spectators were horrified when Miller's rigid body struck full length against a wave, then came to the surface and disappeared. Life guards dragged ocean for body. At inquest - stunt deemed safe if man knows how to dive.



ROLLER COASTER ACCIDENTS
Apr 17 1911
Near accident on Ocean Park Grand Canyon Scenic Railway. Two trains crashed in a rear end collision. No passengers hurt - one motorman bruised. One of the trains missed its clutch at bottom of an incline and couldn't make top of hill. Another car appeared quickly from behind. Its motorman threw on emergency brakes. Only a portion of the first train's rear seat smashed.


Aug 14 1911
Near fatal accident on Giant Coaster (Race Thru Clouds). Frank Lazarus, who was riding in front seat of train (and drunk) stood up and with all his might, grabbed the front fender and lifted up on a turn. Car derailed. Lazarus fell out and hit the cross beams.
C.M. Shields stood up on curve and thrown out. He caught the cross beam below track. Prevented from falling further.


Apr 8 1912
Two accidents involving intoxicated riders on Race Thru the Clouds coaster. Jacob Toutefhouse, who stood up, was instantly killed when his head struck a beam. Luke McNamee was luckier when he fell from the car and sustained only a serious thigh injury.


June 25 1923
Some Kick Coaster - train loading from behind on track, struck from behind by second train. First car hurled 50 feet down track to bottom of first hill. Entire front seat of second train crushed. Scores escaped possible death & injury. They loaded one train and watched when other train was approaching before releasing train from station.


Aug 3 1923
Youth dies after fall off coaster. Sam Joelson (16) - stood up and was thrown out of car on Giant Dipper at Ocean Park Pier. It was his second ride & he was seen standing up on first ride and told not to.


Oct 3 1923
Paul Waggner (18), who stood up on Some Kick coaster, was killed. His head smashed into a supporting beam. Manager of coaster spotted him and intended to ban him from the ride, but it was too late.


July 6 1925\
Woman, Mrs. Irene Henry (23), lost her life Saturday night on Venice Pier coaster, Giant Dipper, when she stood up. She hit the deck of pier 50 ft below.
Newsie, Eddie Noyes, gets into a fight with coaster employee who found him selling newspapers nearby with article about coaster death with banner headline. When asked to leave, he fights and is arrested. Note: Judge lets him off several days later.


Sept 10 1925
Giant Dipper Co. sued for $5000. Father of Della Hinckle (14) brings suit for injuries on coaster June 14th. When car made sudden jerk, girl was thrown forward & to side - broke arm, wretched other wrist + chin & left hip bruised.


Feb 28 1927
Lad killed on 'Air Derby' roller coaster on Ocean Park Pier. John O'Brien (19) of Los Angeles had been warned before the ride started not to stand up. But he was trying to "show off" by balancing on his hands on the front rail as it shot around a turn. He plunged 125 feet into ocean. First accident on coaster built 18 months ago. 850,000 people had ridden it up without an accident.


July 25 1927
Accident on Giant Dipper coaster on Lick Pier. Men in rear catch young girl passenger in mid-air by the leg as she sailed past them. While Catherine Deal (22) was riding in the front seat of the train, she turned around and was waving to friends in the seat behind, when a sudden jerk on the high turn hurled her out of her seat. If they hadn't caught her, she would have fallen below or if landed on the tracks, been struck by the next train. She remained in the hospital with a fractured skull.


Oct 10 1927
Lad fatally injured on Venice Pier's Some Kick coaster at the end of the pier. Charles Newlinger (18) of Los Angeles was hurled out of car and hit pier deck 40 ft below. Witnesses claim at first that he was riding alone in the first car and not standing up. But at inquest - boy attempted to stand up just as train lurched around its final turn.


Jan 16 1928
Culver City youth killed on Hi-Boy coaster on Ocean Park Pier. Victim, Victor Mix (17), ignored warning against standing up. He stood up several times during ride and was thrown clear of coaster car and into ocean. He was found clinging to a pier piling at end of pier. He died aa few hours later from injuries.


Mar 18 1929
Plunge from pier coaster kills youth. (probably Hi-Boy) Audrey W. Hamilton (22) stood up in car on a turn and hurled 90 feet to death in ocean. When the ride ended, his friend William Laendeman leapt off the pier to rescue him. Unfortunately he struck his head on iron grace before hitting water


July 9 1929
Fear youngster hurled to his death from Ocean Park coaster. Life guards search ocean for body. Two boys report a third boy, who they didn't know, stood up as it rounded a turn and flung out of car. No trace of body could be found.


July 18 1929
Ocean gives up body of ride victim. Corpse floats ashore at Raymond Avenue. Toby Etersic (14), dropped to his death on night of July 8th, when he stood up on the Hi-Boy roller coaster.


Sept 9 1929
Woman hurled to death from pier thriller (Hi-Boy coaster). Possibility that Mrs. Imogene Weatherwax (20) deliberately leaped (suicide)from the ride is probed. Little girl seated next to her advised her not to talk about death.


Aug 13 1931
Quartet safe in freak accident on Pier Coaster. 3 Venice residents and one of Palms escaped death last night on the Hi-Boy coaster. They were riding in front car of three car train. At bottom of one of the dips, the front car became uncoupled from two behind. While the front car started up next hill, the other cars slowed down. The lone car, lacking the momentum of the other two cars, didn't make the top of hill and began coasting back down towards the nearly motionless vacant other cars. The car crashed into other two, hurling the four occupants out of their seats. Fortunately they were thrown directly backwards and landed in one of the other cars. If they had been thrown sideways, they would have plunged through the scaffolding to their deaths 50 ft below. None were seriously hurt.


June 12 1933
Coaster accident on Venice Pier coaster (probably Giant Dipper). Jerome B. Cooper (27) stood up, lost his balance and fell forward onto tracks and was run over by the coaster. His body was almost unrecognizable after it dropped 20 feet to pier.


Sept 3 1935
Roller coaster victim may live. Mitilda Peller (19) flung out of Hi-Boy coaster into sea and saved by boy friend, Howard Young (27), who jumped out of the car when it stopped and dove into the ocean to save her. She is in hospital with internal injuries; broken shoulder, several broken ribs and a possible skull fracture. She stood up to get an extra thrill when the car hit a sharp turn, hurling her body 50 ft into the ocean below. Believed to be thrown clear of the pier.


Sept 9 1935
Girl hurt on Hi-Boy. Catapulted from rear car, fell 50 ft, then rolled off track into ocean. Boy friend leaped from car as it finished its trip and dove into ocean to save her from drowning.


Dec 2 1935
Floating timbers balk hunt for coaster victim's body. Grim burnt-off pilings beneath Ocean Park Pier still frustrating police in efforts to recover body of Ted Bingy (23), who was thrown from a car on pier's roller coaster track. He stood up as train went around a curve preparatory to shooting down a dip. He apparently lost his balance at this point and was hurtled out of the car to the snag-covered ocean bottom 50 ft below. His companion, a girl was seated next to him.


Dec 3 1935
Body of Coaster Victim recovered. Joseph Binchkovsky (21) was hurled to his death from Ocean Park Hi-Boy last Saturday night and disappeared beneath the waves. His body finally washed ashore. Positively identified by driver's license found in his clothing.


Sept 2 1937
Richard Howell (20), who sustained serious injuries in a fall from a roller coaster on the Venice Pier, was transferred to an Army hospital at Fort MacArthur. Suffering from a fractured vertebrae, shoulder, and rib.


May 11 1943
Thrill ride ends for one. Frank Vasquez (16) of Tuscon Arizona hurled from speeding roller coaster on Ocean Park Pier. His friend seated next to him tried to save him by grabbing his overcoat, but the garment was pulled over Vasquez's arms and head as he hurtled out of the car.
MISCELLANOUS ACCIDENTS
May 2 1912
Wreck on the Venice Miniature Railroad Train going 12 MPH jumped track and turned over hurling Engineer C.C. Campbell from his cab and injuring him slightly. Train loaded with 60 Balloon Route Excursionists. Many shaken up - none injured since coaches remained upright on track. Accident happened near Windward station.


July 22 1912
Morton's narrow escape from balloon at 4 P.M. The ring to which parachute was attached broke just as hot-air balloon was leaving earth. The big bag flew eastward and ascended at the Race Thru Clouds, just missing a train of cars. It landed in the field beyond. Some wondered what would have happened if landed on the moving train.


Dec 16 1912
Captive Balloon ride escapes - lands near San Pedro after winds carried them south-east, then over the water. Two passengers and pilot, John Waggoner rescued. Also an 8 year old boy.


Aug 20 1913
Shooting gallery death at Windward Pier. George L. Sanford, operator, died with a pellet in base of brain. 11 year old boy, who laid it on the counter when he was finished, says it accidentally discharged.


Nov 4 1918
Captive bear on Windward Pier grabs little girl & mangles her to death. Grabbed by one of two cinnamon bears as she was passing their cage near the end of the pier. Two year old Titania Corrine Willard daughter of Daniel W. Williard (129 Clubhouse) was dismembered before assistance could be given. She died shortly after admittance to St. Catherine Hospital.
As she passed cage, the larger of two bears, crouched on the floor of cage waiting for candy and nuts to be tossed to it, reached out with its giant paws and pulled little girl feet first through 10 inch opening or gap at bottom of cage. There was a short childish scream from little girl, a shriek from mother standing close by & scores of screams by startled bystanders as it pulled the girl's crunched right leg into the cage.
The opening wasn't large enough to fit the girl so the bear tugged the leg apart from her hip. The frantic mother made a move towards the cage, but was stopped by Captain Shishim, who with pistol raised, shot two bullets into the bear's brain. 100 people witnessed accident.
The little girl was still conscious but bleeding from many wounds inflicted by the bear's claws. The father held the dying child as she was rushed by ambulance to hospital. Just as it arrived, little girl spoke, "Kiss me daddy" then fell asleep. Bears were owned by Abbot Kinney Co. and not considered vicious. In future no wild animals to be led through the streets.


July 30 1923
Boy, Ira McKay (14) killed yesterday while riding on Sea Swings behind Venice Plunge. He was attempting to change from one swing to another when he lost his grip and was thrown head first against a cement wall at its side.


June 19 1924
Car strikes Venice Miniature Railroad locomotive. It goes into ditch while car stays put. Intersection of Rialto & Riveria. *photo looks like #1.


July 17 1929
Man narrowly escapes death on Racing Derby. Electricity at open switch throws worker into path of horses. His head struck the banister several times before ride stopped.


Aug 10 1933
Actor drives off Venice Pier and is killed. Jean Malin, a night club performer known for his female impersonations, died. He had just finished his performance at the Ship Cafe. His car suddenly started and before Malin could stop the car, it plunged 18 ft into ocean and landed upturned in four feet of water. He was pinned by the broken steering wheel and drowned.


Sept 8 1933
Glendale woman, Miss Alice W. Mercer (29) of Glendale, kills herself with pistol at the Venice Pier. She was at the shooting gallery and asked for a gun. When the owner handed her a 22 caliber pistol, she asked for a larger gun which he didn't have.


Mar 14 1935
Lady suing owners of 'Loop of Trills' Lady tore ligament in accident last Sept.


June 28 1936
Man injured on Niagara Barrel. Sol Jacobs stood up repeatedly while the inner passenger compartment was in motion. He was warned to sit down. He fell into the space between the barrels. Hospitalized with cuts and abrasions all over body.


Aug 21 1944
Four hurt on Waltzer ride (O.P. Pier) when car broke loose and hit other cars.


Aug 22 1944
Six persons hospitalized on Sunday when a Waltzer car on Ocean Park Pier broke loose and crashed into several other loaded cars, then crashed through a guard rail and dropped 4 feet to lower platform.


Aug 9 1945
Roller coaster on Venice Pier kills sailor James Ney (19). Cars had just negotiated a sharp turn when the sailor pitched forward and was hurled 25 feet to the pier deck. The woman seated next to him said he neither stood up or was drunk and that she made an attempt to grab him.


1948
Accident on Chutes where a 4 year old boy hurled from boat-died.
NOTE: While I have never found the newspaper account, a reliable source told me about it, and I once met a member of the family who owned the ride who was still angry that the subsequent lawsuit bankrupt their family.


Aug 19 1964
Twenty year old P.O.P. worker on Sky Ride, John S. Adams, got his pants pocket hooked on outside handle of car, jerked him off his feet, and carried him instantly out over water. At first he hung on, but lost his grip and fell into the water 80 feet below. He swam to shore.

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No Disneyland accidents. Article Fail.
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I know i wanted to know some from this deccade good article thought, lol nothings like lakeside though i went there the other week and all i gotta say is OMG!


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I do recall, and I think this was only in the last decade, that someone was killed in an accident with those big boats that circle Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland. Something like a post getting pulled up by the boat and slamming into the person.

I think there's a website that has all that stuff on it, but of course I can't get it here. :/

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yeah and there was that superman tower where it dropped and the cables got cut and cut the girls leggs off


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there was one here or in st louis i dont remeber where at, lol i dont know were i was living and saw it on the news but some kid went to go grab his hat in a off area place and the roller coaster came by and took his head off it was soo sad


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I will try to get them for you in a bit


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Walt Disney Studios Park
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
On June 26, 2007, a 14-year-old girl lost consciousness on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. Paramedics attempted to revive her, but she died before the ambulance arrived. A ride inspection showed no mechanical problems.[2]

Disneyland Resort
Main article: Disneyland Resort
As of December 2006, 13 guests and one employee have died inside the parks. A greater number of guests have been injured. While the California Department of Safety and Health (CDSH) has ruled that some incidents are Disney's fault, the majority of incidents were due to negligence on the guests' part.[3]

Disney's California Adventure
California Screamin'
Main article: California Screamin'
On July 29, 2005, 25 guests were injured when one train crashed into another, with 15 guests being taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.[4] An investigation showed that a faulty brake valve, installed a few days earlier by Disney (not by the ride manufacturer Intamin AG), was the cause.[5]

Disneyland
America Sings
Main article: America Sings
On July 8, 1974, an 18-year-old employee from Santa Ana, California was crushed to death between a revolving wall and a stationary platform inside the America Sings attraction. She was in the wrong place during a ride intermission; it was unclear whether this was due to inadequate training or a misstep. The attraction was subsequently refitted with breakaway walls.[6]

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Main article: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
On September 5, 2003, a 22-year-old man from Gardena, California died after suffering severe blunt force trauma and extensive internal bleeding in a derailment of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster that also injured 11 other riders.[7] The cause of the accident was determined to be improper maintenance and training of Disney employees.[8] Investigation reports and discovery by the victim's attorney confirmed the fatal injuries occurred when the first passenger car collided with the underside of the locomotive. The derailment was the result of a mechanical failure, which occurred due to omissions during a maintenance procedure. Fasteners on the the left side upstop/guide wheel on the floating axle of the locomotive were not tightened and safetied in accordance with specifications. The axle came loose and jammed against a brake section, causing the locomotive to become airborne and hit the ceiling of the tunnel. The locomotive then fell on top of the first passenger car, crushing the victim[9].

Columbia
Main article: Sailing Ship Columbia
On December 24, 1998, a heavy metal cleat fastened to the hull of the Sailing Ship Columbia tore loose, striking one employee and two park guests. One of the guests, a 33-year-old man from Duvall, Washington, died of a head injury. The normal non-elastic hemp rope (designed to break easily) used to tie the boat off was improperly replaced for financial reasons by an elastic nylon rope which stretched and tore the cleat from the ship's wooden hull. Disney received much criticism for this incident due to its alleged policy of restricting outside medical personnel in the park to avoid frightening visitors, as well as for the fact that the employee in charge of the ship at the time had not been trained in its operation.[10] Due to this incident and the way it was handled, Disney reinstated lead foremen to many rides, and the Anaheim police began placing officers in the park to speed response.[11] This accident resulted in the first guest death in Disneyland's history that was not attributable to any negligence on the part of the guest. California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health investigated the incident and found fault with the training of a park employee, who placed the docking line on the cleat even though the cleat was not intended to help brake the ship, but only hold it in place once it had already docked. Ride procedures call for the ship's captain to reverse the ship if it overshoots the dock and then re-approach the dock at the correct speed. Cal/OSHA fined Disneyland $12,500 for the error, while the theme park settled a lawsuit with the victim's survivors for $25,000,000, according to a Los Angeles Times estimate.[12]

Frontierland
Main article: Frontierland
On May 6, 2001, 29 people suffered minor injuries when a tree in Frontierland fell over. It is believed that the tree was over 40 years old, and one of the park's original plantings.[13]

Indiana Jones Adventure
Main article: Indiana Jones Adventure
On June 25, 2000, a 23-year-old woman from Barcelona, Spain, exited the Indiana Jones ride complaining of a severe headache. She was hospitalized later that day where it was discovered that she had brain hemorrhaging. She died on September 1, 2000, of a cerebral aneurysm.[14] Her family's subsequent wrongful death lawsuit against Disney stated that the victim died due to "violent shaking and stresses imposed by the ride." In an interlocutory appeal (an appeal of a legal issue within the case prior to a decision on the case's merits), the California Supreme Court held that amusement parks are considered "common carriers" similar to commercially operated planes, trains, elevators, and ski lifts. This ruling imposes a heightened duty of care on amusement parks and requires them to provide the same degree of care and safety as other common carriers.[15][16] Disney settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed sum after the interlocutory appeal but before a decision was rendered on the case's merits. The victim's medical costs were estimated at more than US$1.3 million.[17]

Matterhorn
Main article: Matterhorn Bobsleds
In 1964, a 15-year-old boy from Long Beach, California, was injured after he stood up in the Matterhorn Bobsleds and fell out. It is reported that his restraint was undone by his ride companion. He died three days later as a result of these injuries.[18]
On January 3, 1984, a 48-year-old woman from Fremont, California was killed when she was thrown from a Matterhorn Bobsleds car and struck by the next oncoming bobsled.[19] An investigation showed that her seatbelt was found unbuckled after the accident. It is unclear whether the victim deliberately unfastened her belt or if the seatbelt malfunctioned.[20]

Monorail
Main article: Disneyland Monorail System
In 1966, a 19-year-old-man from Northridge, California, was struck and killed by the monorail, which then dragged him 40 feet down the track. This occurred on Grad Nite while he was trying to sneak into the park by climbing onto the monorail track.[21]

PeopleMover
Main article: PeopleMover
In August 1967, a 17-year-old boy from Hawthorne, California, was killed while jumping between two moving PeopleMover cars as the ride was passing through a tunnel. He stumbled and fell onto the track, where an oncoming train of cars crushed him beneath its wheels and dragged his body a few hundred feet before it was stopped by a ride operator. The attraction had only been open for one month at the time.[22]
On June 7, 1980, an 18-year-old man from San Diego, California, was crushed and killed by the PeopleMover while jumping between moving cars. The accident occurred as the ride entered the SuperSpeed tunnel.[23]

Rivers of America
Main article: Rivers of America (Disney)
In June 1973, a 18-year-old man from Brooklyn, New York, drowned while attempting to swim across the "Rivers of America". He and his 10-year-old brother stayed on the island past closing time by hiding in an area that is off-limits to guests. When they wanted to leave the island, they decided to swim across the river. The victim carried his younger brother on his back, as the younger brother was unsure how to swim, but the older sibling drowned halfway through the swim. His body was found the next morning. The younger brother was able to stay afloat by "dog paddling" until a ride operator rescued him.[22]
On June 4, 1983, an 18-year-old man from Albuquerque, New Mexico, drowned in the Rivers of America while trying to pilot a rubber emergency boat from Tom Sawyer's Island that he and a friend had stolen from a "cast members only" area of the island.[24]

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Main article: Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
On September 22, 2000, a 4-year-old boy fell out of the ride vehicle and suffered severe brain damage.[25]. On October 7, 2000, Disneyland changed its 911 emergency policy, instructing ride operators to call 911 for emergencies first instead of calling the Disney security center in order to speed emergency staff to any incident on park property. Records showed that more than five minutes passed between the time the victim fell out of the ride vehicle and emergency personnel were contacted. A Disney spokesman claimed that the timing of this policy change and this incident were coincidental.[11] An investigation ending in December 2000 concluded that a lap bar had malfunctioned and the victim was placed in the wrong seat in the ride vehicle, too close to the opening[26]. Three months after the incident, the Permanent Ride Amusement section of California's Division of Occupational Safety asked Disney to install additional safety features on the ride[27]. In January 2002, Disney settled with the victim's family. The victim's medical care was covered, and Disney was absolved of blame[26]. However, the victim never fully recovered from his injuries, and died in January 2009.[26]

Space Mountain
Main article: Space Mountain (Disneyland, Anaheim)
On August 14, 1979, a 31-year-old woman became ill after riding Space Mountain. At the unload area, she was unable to get out of the vehicle. Employees told her to stay seated while the vehicle was removed from the track. However, other ride attendants did not understand that her vehicle was to be removed, and sent her through the ride a second time. She arrived at the unloading zone semi-unconscious. The victim was subsequently taken to Palm Harbor Hospital, where she died seven days later after being in a coma. The coroner's report attributed the death to natural causes, due to a heart tumor that became dislodged and entered her brain. A subsequent lawsuit against the park was dismissed.[28]

Guest altercations
On March 7, 1981, an 18-year-old man from Riverside, California, was fatally stabbed with a knife during a fight in Tomorrowland. His family sued the park for US$60 million. The jury found the park negligent for not summoning outside medical help, and awarded the family US$600,000.[29]

Walt Disney World Resort
Several people have died or been injured while riding attractions at Walt Disney World theme parks.[30] Prior to 2001, Disney was not required to report incidents to the state authorities, but they have made reports since. For example, from the first quarter of 2005 to the first quarter of 2006, Disney reported four deaths and nineteen injuries at its Florida parks.[31] More statistical information is available at Amusement park accidents.

Resort-wide transportation system
Buses
On July 16, 2009, two buses carrying a total of 50 people collided near the Contemporary Resort. 12 guests reported minor injuries.[32]

Monorail
Main article: Walt Disney World Monorail System
In February 1974, a monorail train crashed into the train ahead. One driver and two passengers were injured.[33]
On June 26, 1985, a fire engulfed the rear car of the six-car Mark IV Silver monorail train in transit from the Epcot station to the Transportation and Ticket Center.[34] This fire pre-dated onboard fire detection systems, emergency exits, and evacuation planning. Passengers in the car kicked out side windows and climbed around the side of the train to reach the roof, where they were subsequently rescued by the Reedy Creek Fire Department.[35] Seven passengers were hospitalized for smoke inhalation or other minor injuries.[36] The fire department later determined that the fire started when a flat tire was dragged across the concrete beam, heated due to friction, and ignited.[37]
On August 30, 1991, a monorail train collided with a diesel maintenance work tractor near the Contemporary Resort as the tractor drove closely in front of the train to film it for a commercial. Two employees were treated at a hospital for injuries.[38]
On August 12, 1996, an electrical fire occurred on a train pulling into the Magic Kingdom station. The driver and the five passengers onboard exited safely. Two bus drivers who witnessed the fire and assisted were overcome by smoke and treated at a nearby hospital.[39]
On July 5, 2009, during a failed track switchover from the Epcot line onto the Magic Kingdom express line, Monorail Pink backed into Monorail Purple at the Transportation & Ticket Center station, killing the 21-year-old pilot of Monorail Purple.[40] One employee and six guests who were also on the trains were treated at the scene and released.[41] OSHA and park officials inspected the monorail line, and the monorail reopened on July 6, 2009,[42] after new sensors and operating procedures were put in place.[43] An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board showed no mechanical problems with the trains or track, but they did state that the track used in the switchover was not in its proper place for the track transition. The NTSB also noted that Purple's pilot attempted to reverse his train when he saw that there was going to be a collision. Disney has suspended three monorail employees as part of the investigation process.[44]

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Dinosaur
Main article: Dinosaur (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
On April 30, 2005, a 30-year-old man from Mooresville, Indiana, lost consciousness shortly after exiting the ride and later died. He wore a pacemaker, and the victim's parents said he had a heart condition. An investigation showed the ride was operating correctly and was not the cause of his death.[45]

Expedition Everest
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On December 18, 2007, a 44-year-old man from Navarre, Florida lost consciousness while riding the coaster. He was given CPR on the ride's loading platform, and was pronounced dead at the hospital.[46] An autopsy by the Orange County medical examiner's office concluded that the victim died of dilated cardiomyopathy, and that the death was considered natural.[47]

Kali River Rapids
Main article: Kali River Rapids
On May 29, 2007, five guests and one employee were injured while exiting a Kali River Rapids raft during a ride stoppage triggered by a monitoring sensor. The raft was on a steep incline, and the emergency exit platform allowing guests to easily access the emergency stairs from the incline malfunctioned. An investigation determined that the platform "disengaged and slid," according to a Disney spokesperson, who went on to say that Disney will use an alternate method for guests to exit the ride in future emergencies. The six people were taken to local hospitals to treat minor injuries, where they were later released.[48]

Primeval Whirl
On November 27, 2007, a 63-year-old employee died from a brain injury suffered four days earlier when she was hit by a ride vehicle after falling from a restricted area of the ride platform.[49] On May 23, 2008, OSHA fined Walt Disney World US$21,500 and charged the company with five safety violations. The fines were: $15,000 for three serious violations; $7,500 for a still missing handrail that had been previously reported; and $3,000 for not responding to OSHA requests within the requested time period.[50]

Blizzard Beach
Main article: Blizzard Beach
On March 16, 2007, a 51-year-old man from Pulaski, Mississippi, collapsed near the Downhill Double Dipper water slide. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy showed that the victim died due to a heart attack.[51] His family says that he had a pre-existing heart condition.[52][53]

Disney's Hollywood Studios
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Main article: Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
On June 29, 2006, a 12-year-old boy visiting from Fort Campbell, Kentucky was found to be unresponsive after the ride came to an end. CPR was administered by his father on the scene while awaiting arrival of paramedics, but he was declared dead on route to the hospital.[54] The ride was shut down for the investigation, but reopened a day later after inspectors determined that the ride was operating normally. Initially, a medical examiner stated that the victim may have had a congenital heart defect.[55] The final report confirmed that the victim did indeed die as a result of the heart defect.[56][57]

Tower of Terror
Main article: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
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On July 12, 2005, a 16-year-old girl from Kibworth, Leicestershire, U.K. complained of a severe headache and other symptoms after riding the Tower of Terror. She was taken to an Orlando hospital in critical condition[58], where she underwent surgery to stop intracranial bleeding. On August 6, 2005, she returned to England via air ambulance. While she reportedly had ridden the attraction several times previously during her visit with no ill effects,[59] her initial collapse was unexplained. Later tests showed that she had been in pain for a few days, before having a massive stroke leading to cardiac arrest. After an examination by both Disney and state inspectors showed no ride malfunction, the ride was reopened the next day. The girl returned home after spending six months in the hospital due to two heart attacks and surgery.[60] On February 13, 2009, the victim's family sued Disney for negligence in the ride design, failing to adequately warn riders, and not providing proper safety restraints. They are seeking at least US$15,000[61].

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Main article: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
A number of incidents involving the show's performers have occurred since the live-action show's premiere in 1989. In 1990, OSHA fined the resort $1000 after three performers, in separate incidents, were injured.[62] In one incident, a performer fell 30 feet when a restraining cable failed. In another, a performer fell 25 feet when a prop ladder collapsed unexpectedly. A third performer was pinned by a malfunctioning trap door.[62] At the time, OSHA cited Disney for not providing adequate fall protection, including padding and other equipment.[62] Later, while rehearsing a new, safer routine, another performer fell 25 feet onto concrete.[62]

On August 17, 2009, a 30-year-old performer died after injuring his head while rehearsing a tumbling roll.[63] Performances for the next day were canceled out of respect for the performer.[63]

Epcot
Body Wars
Main article: Body Wars
On May 16, 1995, a four-year-old girl passed out during a ride on the Body Wars attraction in the Wonders of Life pavilion. The ride was stopped immediately, and paramedics were called to the scene. The girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. Some of the victim's relatives said that she was known to have had a heart condition, but the autopsy was inconclusive as to whether the ride aggravated it.[64]

Mission: SPACE
Main article: Mission: Space
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On June 13, 2005, a 4-year-old boy died after riding Mission: SPACE. An autopsy, released on November 15, 2005, by the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office, states the boy died as a result of a pre-existing, previously undiagnosed idiopathic heart condition called myocardial hypertrophy. On June 12, 2006, a lawsuit was filed against Disney by his parents, claiming that Disney never should have allowed a 4-year-old child on the ride, and didn't offer an adequate medical response after he collapsed. [65] On January 11, 2007, the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice with both sides having to only pay their own attorney fees.[66]
On April 12, 2006, a 49-year-old woman from Schmitten, Germany, fell ill after riding Mission: SPACE and died at Celebration Hospital in nearby Celebration. It was later found out she died from a bleeding brain caused by high blood pressure, not due to the ride. [67]
From June 2005 to June 2006, paramedics treated 194 Mission: SPACE riders. The most common complaints were dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Of those 194 guests: 25 people passed out, 26 suffered difficulty breathing, and 16 reported chest pains or irregular heartbeats.[68] In May 2006, Disney altered the ride by offering a less-intense ride experience that did not include the centrifuge. Statistics reported to the state of Florida since then have shown a decrease in the number of health complaints filed by riders.

Soarin'
Main article: Soarin'
On January 15, 2007, a 67-year-old man from New York suffered from slurred speech and right-side weakness after riding Soarin'. He died two days later. The medical examiner ruled that the victim had a stroke, but did not perform an autopsy.[51]

Magic Kingdom
Backstage
On February 11, 2004, a 38-year-old employee died when he was accidentally run over by the Beauty and the Beast parade float in a backstage area. The victim was dressed as Pluto at the time.[69] This led OSHA to fine Disney $6,300 for having employees in restricted areas.[70]

Main Street
On August 11, 1977, a 4-year-old boy from Dolton, Illinois drowned in the moat surrounding Cinderella Castle. The family sued Disney for US$4 million and won the trial, but the jury only awarded US$1.5 million, because they felt the family was 50% liable for allowing the boy to climb over a fence while playing.[71]

Pirates of the Caribbean
Main article: Pirates of the Caribbean (theme park ride)
A 77-year-old woman from Minnesota lost consciousness and died after riding in February 2005. A medical examiner's report said the victim was in poor health from diabetes and she previously had several ministrokes. The report concluded that her death "was not unexpected."[72]

Skyway
Main article: Skyway (Disney)
On February 14, 1999, a 65-year-old part-time custodian was killed when he fell off the gondola. He was cleaning the Fantasyland Skyway station platform when the ride was accidentally turned on. He was in the path of the ride vehicles, and grabbed a passing gondola in an attempt to save himself. He lost his grip and fell 40 feet, landing in a flower bed near the Dumbo ride. He died shortly after being taken to a local hospital. The Skyway ride, which had been scheduled to be closed before the accident occurred, was permanently closed on November 10, 1999.[73] As a result of the accident, OSHA fined Walt Disney World US$4,500 for violating federal safety codes in that work area.

Space Mountain
Main article: Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
A 7-year-old boy fainted after riding Space Mountain on August 1, 2006, and was taken to Florida Hospital Celebration where he later died. The medical examiner's report showed that the victim, who was terminally ill and suffered from cancer of the lungs, spine, and abdomen; died of natural causes due to a metastatic pulmonary blastoma tumor. He was visiting the Magic Kingdom as a recipient of a trip by the Give Kids the World program.[74]
On December 7, 2006, an unnamed 73-year-old man lost consciousness while riding Space Mountain. After being taken to the hospital, he died three days later. The medical examiner's report stated that the man died of natural causes due to a heart condition.[75]

Splash Mountain
Main article: Splash Mountain
On November 5, 2000, a 37-year-old man from St. Petersburg, Florida was critically injured while trying to exit the ride vehicle while it was moving through the ride. At the time, he told fellow passengers that he felt ill, and attempted to reach one of the attraction's marked emergency exits.[76] He was struck by the following ride vehicle. He died after he was taken to a local hospital.[77]

Guest altercations
On May 20, 2007, five guests from Shirley, New York, ages 14 to 20 years old, were arrested for allegedly attacking a sheriff's deputy. They were accused of spitting on and harassing other guests, and were being detained by Disney security near Space Mountain. When an Orange County sheriff's deputy arrived, the deputy stated that he was "Punched in the face with closed fists... by all the defendants." During the melee, the deputy used a stun gun on an unnamed 17-year-old female guest. All five guests, including 19-year-old Brian Guilfoil and 20-year-old Rose DiPietro, were arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, and for resisting arrest with violence. The 17-year-old guest was also cited for battery on an uniformed officer.[78]
On May 29, 2007, a 34-year-old Clermont, Florida woman was attacked by a 51-year-old park guest visiting from Anniston, Alabama as they waited in line at the Mad Tea Party attraction. On the day of the attack, while Disney security did speak with witnesses, Orange County police did not take any sworn statements from those witnesses. The victim stated that the sworn statements were not taken due to a delay in the arrival of the deputies.[79] On July 17, 2007, an arrest warrant was issued for the alleged assaulter.[80] The victim claims that due to the incident, she has been diagnosed with a concussion, a herniated disc in her cervical spine, and suffers from post-traumatic seizures.[81] The case went to trial on April 14, 2008. The attacker was convicted on charges of battery[82] and sentenced to 90 days in jail, nine months probation, and will have to take an anger management course.[83]. With the trial over, the victim's lawyer stated that their next step was to sue Disney as Disney needs to address their security issues.[84][85] On May 9, 2008, the victim and her husband filed two separate lawsuits against Disney. Her lawsuit claims, among other items, that: Walt Disney World provided inadequate staff and security at the ride; there was a lack of adequate training to recognize security threats, that the park did not anticipate the attack and have the attacker removed before anything happened, and that the following investigation was mishandled. His lawsuit against Disney is claiming the loss of his wife's support and companionship due to the attack.[86]

Typhoon Lagoon
Main article: Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
On August 4, 2005, a 12-year-old girl from Newport News, Virginia felt ill while using the wave pool. Lifeguards talked with her after noticing her sitting on the side of the pool, and she said she felt fine. The victim passed out shortly thereafter. CPR was performed, and she was transported to the local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.[87] The autopsy showed that she died due to arrhythmia caused by an early-stage viral heart infection.[88]

Guest altercations
On July 3, 2009, a 51-year-old man from Farmington, New York was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation after allegedly attempting to remove a teenager's bathing suit while both were in the wave pool. Disney security was notified, and they called for Orange County deputies. In the arrest report, both Disney security and the deputies report observing the man attempting to do the same to at least five girls.[89]
On July 10, 2009, a 51-year-old Connecticut man was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition after he allegedly fondled himself in front of a teenage girl near the park's wave pool. One eyewitness, a visitor who worked with paroled sex-offenders in Missouri, confronted the man who then fled the scene. As he attempted to leave the parking lot, he ran a stop sign and was stopped by an Orange County deputy, who detained the man on charges of driving with a suspended license. The man denied the lewd conduct charges, claiming his European-style swimsuit was too small. This was the fifth sexual-related reported incident to occur at a Central Florida water park in 2009; the other parks aside from Typhoon Lagoon were Blizzard Beach, Aquatica, and Wet 'n Wild.[90] The charges were dropped in August 2009 after prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence in the case.[91]
On July 16, 2009, a 29-year-old man from Washington was arrested and charged with one count of lewd molestation of a teenager[92].

Characters
In 2005, Walt Disney World reported 773 injuries to OSHA for employees portraying one of 270 different characters at the parks.[70]
Of those injuries listed, 282 (roughly 36%) were related to costuming issues, such as costume weight affecting the head, neck, or shoulders.
49 injuries (6%) were specifically due to the costume head.
107 injuries (14%) were caused by park guests' interactions with the characters, where the guest hit, pushed, or otherwise hurt (intentionally or not) the costumed employee.
Other items in the report include skin rashes, bruises, sprains, or heat-related issues.
One change that Disney made to assist character performers was to change rules limiting the overall costume weight to be no more than 25% of the performer's body weight.

Goofy
In September 2004, a Disney employee who had been accused for a different act previously was suspended for allegedly shoving two Kodak employees while he was dressed as Goofy at Animal Kingdom on August 29, 2004. The two photographers believed that Goofy was a different employee who was joking around until they were relaxing backstage and saw it was not their friend. The cast member's attorney stated that the two photographers shoved back as part of routine horseplay among employees meant to entertain. The sheriff's office was considering misdemeanor charges.[93] During the investigation, two Animal Kingdom employees came forward saying the cast member touched their breasts. The lawyer claimed that the cast member was merely looking at their lanyards containing lapel trading pins.[94]

Minnie Mouse
On June 7, 2009, a 60-year-old man from Cressona, Pennsylvania allegedly touched Minnie Mouse's breasts while he was visiting the Magic Kingdom. He was convicted of misdemeanor battery on August 11, 2009.[95]

Pirate
On August 6, 2009, a 47-year-old employee playing the role of a pirate in the Pirate Training Academy show slipped on a puddle of water on the stage, hitting his head against the scenery. He was taken to the hospital with a broken vertebra in his neck and a cut that required 55 stitches. Due to complications, he died on August 10, 2009.[96]




Three Little Pigs
In 1976, a woman filed a lawsuit claiming one of the Three Little Pigs ran up to her at the "it's a small world" attraction, grabbed at and fondled her, while exclaiming "Mommy! Mommy!" She claimed to have gained 50 pounds as a result of the incident, and sued Disney for $150,000 in damages for assault and battery, false imprisonment, and humiliation. The plaintiff dropped charges after Disney's lawyers presented her with a photo of the costume, which had only inoperable stub arms.[97]

Tigger
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In April 2004, a 36-year-old Disney employee was arrested for allegedly fondling an unnamed 13-year-old girl and her mother while he was dressed as Tigger during a photo opportunity at the Magic Kingdom in February 2004. He was charged with one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child between 12 and 15 years old, and one count of simple battery.[98] The case went to trial, where the jury's deliberation lasted less than one hour. The employee was acquitted of all charges, and returned to work at Disney.[99]
On January 5, 2007, a 14-year-old boy from Greenville, New Hampshire was allegedly punched in the head by a Disney employee dressed as Tigger during a photo opportunity at Disney's Hollywood Studios.[100] The family felt that the act was deliberate and filed a police report of battery against the cast member from Kissimmee, Florida[101]. The cast member was suspended pending the results of the investigation.[102] In the cast member's statement to the sheriff's office, he claimed that he was acting in self-defense as the child was pulling on the back of the costume, causing the cast member to lose his breath.[103] A lawyer who represented the employee accused in the 2004 case against Tigger, released his own opinion on the situation. He believed the child instigated the situation and that cast member's movements were an involuntary reaction to pain. The lawyer was not representing the accused cast member at the time of this statement.[104] On February 15, 2007, the State Attorney General's office announced that no charges would be filed against the cast member. [105]

Winnie the Pooh
A 1981 case tried a cast member who was playing Winnie the Pooh in 1978. It was alleged that he slapped a child resulting in the child being bruised and having recurring headaches, and possible brain damage. The cast member testified that the girl was tugging at his costume from behind. When he turned around, he accidentally struck the girl in her ear. At one point, the cast member entered the courtroom in the Pooh costume and responded to questions while on the witness stand as Pooh would, including dancing a jig. Appearing as Pooh showed the jury that the costume's arms were too low to the ground to slap a girl of the victim's height. The jury acquitted the cast member after deliberating for 21 minutes.[97]


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Disney World Stroke & Heart Attack on Mission Space
The death of a German woman after riding the Walt Disney World's Mission: Space ride at Epcot Center has lead to new questions about the park’s safety and Disney’s accountability. The fatality is the second death in a year related to the ride and several riders have been treated for chest pain.

Hiltrud Bleumel, a 49-year old woman from outside of Frankfurt, died after becoming ill from the ride and suffering from bleeding in the brain. A CT scan showed significant hypertensive bleeding and she was pronounced dead less than 24 hours after her arrival at Celebration Hospital.

The $100 million ride spins riders in a centrifuge that is so intense that it equals twice the force of normal gravity. The accident comes on the heels of the death of 4 year old Daudi Bamuwamye last June, who suffered from a rare heart condition.

While quite a few Disney World and Disneyland rides have had a history of serious injury, this recent fatality is leading to careful scrutiny of dangerous rides like Mission: Space. If you have been unjustly injured or have lost a loved one to an amusement park ride tragedy, make sure to take a stand. Contact an experienced attorney who can help you fight for the answers – and the compensation – that you deserve.


Roller Coaster & Amusement Park Accident Lawsuits
Rollercoasters are by far some of the most popular, entertaining, and exciting thrills but they are also some of the deadliest and terrifying experiences should the worst happen. Studies indicate that there have been over 10,580 emergency room visits due to roller coaster or other rides in 2000, and this number has steadily risen.

There are two main types of rollercoasters; permanent rides or portable rides. Each has a different set of safety and maintenance standards, either can drastically affect the outcome of your case. Furthermore the laws governing responsibility in roller coaster accidents are extremely complicated, because assigning negligence and blame in a roller coaster accident is frequently challenging. If you’ve been injured or know someone else who has been hurt, call a compassionate, knowledgeable injury attorney today.


Ferris Wheel Accident Victims
A towering Ferris Wheel is the hallmark of festivals and fairs the world over, but unfortunately few people realize the dark side of this seemingly innocuous ride. Ferris Wheels are responsible for many types of injuries, but the most common type are falls from the unsecured cars or accidents that involve the driving mechanisms.

One of the most recent incidents of serious injury comes from a July 2005 incident where a Maryland girl fell six feet from a Ferris Wheel after a cable came loose. Another report comes from an Ohio Ferris Wheel operator who had a .114 blood alcohol content. These types of situations can lead to serious injury if left unattended.

If you or someone you love suffered an injury on a Ferris Wheel you may have the right to take action, so contact us without delay.


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BREAKING NEWS: BREAKING NEWS: LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A 12-year-old boy died after riding a roller coaster Thursday at the Disney MGM theme park, the Orange County sheriff's office said.

Even though it is supposed to be the "Magic Kingdom," to many people, Disney World is anything but magical. Disney World is the scene of gruesome accidents that cause devastating and lifelong injuries to innocent people who only want to enjoy themselves.

You deserve to know that you are safe and secure when you visit an amusement park like Disney World. There’s no excuse for your safety or the security of your children, to be jeopardized. If you have been injured at Disney World or another park, you deserve help. Let us assist you in your quest for answers. Call today.


Magic Mountain Accidents
Amusement park accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common ones stem from sort of negligence, especially in maintenance or safety precautions. It is the duty and responsibility of people who own and operate these rides and amusements to make sure that everyone who uses them does so in the safest way possible.

Should you or someone you know suffer injury in an amusement park you may have the right to seek damages from those responsible. You may be entitled to restitution, but the law limits the amount of time you can pursue your case. Contact our dedicated and compassionate attorneys and let us take action for you today.


Six Flags Amusement Park Accident Lawyers
NEWS: 13 year old loses both feet at Six Flag’s Kentucky Kingdom

The latest tragedy at an amusement park was of a 13 year old girl who lost both her feet while on the Superman Tower of Power ride at Six Flag’s Kentucky Kingdom last week.

This ride lifts passengers 177 feet straight up, then drops them nearly the same distance at speeds reaching 54 mph.

A cable broke loose on the ride, striking the 13-year-old girl in the legs, said Bill Clary, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which inspects amusement park rides. Clary said inspectors don't know what caused the cable to break.

On Monday June 25, Six Flags has shut down eight more thrill rides around the country.

Although amusement parks like Six Flags are the scenes of many happy memories, recent trends show that they can turn into occasions of trauma and tragedy – especially when negligence is involved. While amusement park accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, the most common ones stem from sort of negligence, especially in maintenance or safety precautions

If you or someone you love was injured on a ride at Six Flags or another amusement park, you may have a right to take action. Let our team of dedicated legal professionals sift through the countless layers of confusing laws and fight for you. Contact us today.

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there was one here or in st louis i dont remeber where at, lol i dont know were i was living and saw it on the news but some kid went to go grab his hat in a off area place and the roller coaster came by and took his head off it was soo sad


I think that happened in Atlanta. The boy was from South Carolina i believe.


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UR ALWAYS SO OPTIMISTIC!

As long as man moves....in any direction, in any way....something can go wrong.

The biggest cause of injuries in the working world is the segment known as 'Slip, Trip, & Fall', all from the simple act of moving around on one's own feet. Throw in the speed of using animals or power tools and motorized vehicles and away you go. There is no way to eliminate risk in our world, we can only do our best to minimize it.


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Nine guests have been killed on Disneyland attractions since the park's opening in 1955. All the deaths (save the two most recent) were the result of guests who apparently ignored safety instructions and/or defeated rides' safety mechanisms.

May 1964: Mark Maples, a 15-year-old Long Beach, CA, resident, was killed when he tried to stand up on the Matterhorn Bobsleds. Maples (or his companion) foolishly unbuckled his seatbeat and attempted to stand up as their bobsled neared the peak of the mountain. Maples lost his balance and was thrown from the sled to the track below, fracturing his skull and ribs and causing internal injuries. He died three days later.

June 1966: Thomas Guy Cleveland, a 19-year-old Northridge, CA, resident, was killed when he attempted to sneak into Disneyland along the Monorail track. Cleveland scaled the park's sixteen-foot high outer fence on a Grad Nite and climbed onto the Monorail track, intending to jump or climb down once inside the park. Cleveland ignored a security guard's shouted warnings of an approaching Monorail train and failed to leap clear of the track. He finally climbed down onto a fiberglass canopy beneath the track, but the clearance wasn't enough — the oncoming train struck and killed him, dragging his body 30 to 40 feet down the track.

August 1967: Ricky Lee Yama, a 17-year-old Hawthorne, CA, resident, was killed when he disregarded safety instructions and exited his People Mover car as the ride was passing through a tunnel. Yama slipped as he was jumping from car to car and was crushed to death beneath the wheels of oncoming cars.

June 1973: Bogden Delaurot, an 18-year-old Brooklyn resident, drowned trying to swim across the Rivers of America. Delaurot and his 10-year-old brother managed to stay on Tom Sawyer Island past its dusk closing time by climbing the fence separating the island from the burning settlers' cabin. When they decided to leave the island a few hours later, they chose to swim across the river rather than call attention to their rule-breaking by appealing to cast members for help. Because the younger brother did not know how to swim, Delaurot tried to carry him on his back as he swam to shore. Bogden Delaurot went down about halfway across the river. The younger boy remained afloat by dogpaddling until a ride operator hauled him aboard a boat, but Bogden was nowhere to be found. His body was not located by searchers until the next morning.

7 June 1980: Gerardo Gonzales, a recent San Diego high school graduate, was killed on the People Mover in an accident much like the one that had befallen Ricky Lee Yama thirteen years earlier. Gonzales, in the early morning hours of a Grad Nite celebration, was climbing from car to car as the People Mover entered the SuperSpeed Tunnel adjacent to the former America Sings building. Gonzales stumbled and fell onto the track, where an oncoming train of cars crushed him beneath its wheels and dragged his body a few hundred feet before being stopped by a ride operator.

4 June 1983: Philip Straughan, an 18-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident, also drowned in the Rivers of America in yet another Grad Nite incident. Straughan and a friend — celebrating both their graduations and Straughan's eighteenth birthday — had been drinking quite heavily that evening. They sneaked into a "Cast Members Only" area along the river and untied an inflatable rubber maintenance motorboat, deciding to take it for a joyride around the river. Unable to adequately control the boat, they struck a rock near Tom Sawyer Island, and Straughan was thrown into the water. His friend traveled back to shore to seek help, but Straughan drowned long before his body was finally located an hour later.

3 January 1984: Dolly Regene Young, a 48-year-old Fremont, CA, resident, was killed on the Matterhorn in an incident remarkably similar to the first Disneyland guest death nearly twenty years earlier. About two-thirds of the way down the mountain Young was thrown from her seat into the path of an oncoming bobsled, her head and chest becoming pinned beneath its wheels. An examination of Young's sled revealed that her seatbelt was not fastened at the time of the accident, but because she was riding alone in the rear car of a sled no one could determine whether or not she had deliberately unfastened her belt.

24 December 1998: In a tragic Christmas Eve accident, one Disneyland cast member and two guests were injured (one fatally) when a rope used to secure the sailing ship Columbia as it docked on the Rivers of America tore loose the metal cleat to which it was attached. The cleat sailed through air and struck the heads of two guests who were waiting to board the ship, Luan Phi Dawson, 33, of Duvall, Washington, and his wife, Lieu Thuy Vuong, 43. Dawson was declared brain dead two days later and died when his life support system was disconnected.

This accident resulted in the first guest death in Disneyland's history that was not attributable to any negligence on the part of the guest (it was the result of a combination of insufficiently rigorous ride maintenance and an insufficiently experienced supervisor's assuming an attraction operator's role) and prompted a movement for greater government oversight of theme park operations and safety procedures.

5 September 2003:A 22-year-old man, Marcelo Torres of Gardena, California, died, and several other guests were injured, when a locomotive separated from its train along a tunnel section of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Torres bled to death after suffering blunt force trauma of the chest.

A little more than a week after Disneyland's refurbished Carousel of Progress theater reopened as America Sings in 1974, an 18-year-old cast member was killed when she became caught between a rotating wall and a stationary one. The Carousel of Progress had been shut down and its animatronic workings shipped to Florida's Walt Disney World in 1973; the Disneyland attraction was then revamped and debuted on 29 June 1974 as America Sings. Like its predecessor, the attraction featured an outer ring of six seating areas which rotated around a stationary center housing multiple stages.

On the evening of 8 July 1974, a 18-year-old woman from Santa Ana named Deborah Gail Stone was working the attraction as a hostess. Her job was to greet each new audience as they settled into the seating area. Standing to the left of the stage, she welcomed the guests over a microphone before the outer ring rotated and carried the audience to the first scene of the carousel. About 11:00 PM that evening, Stone approached too closely to the area between the rotating theater wall and the non-moving stage wall and was crushed to death between them. Ride operators were notified by a guest who heard Stone's screams from an adjacent theater.

Immediately after the accident, America Sings was closed for two days while a safety light that alerted the attraction's operator whenever someone got too close to the danger area was installed. Eventually the solid walls were replaced with breakaway ones to prevent similar accidents from occurring.

All courtesy of Snopes
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