Disneyland CLOSES Big Thunder Mountain (again)
Three members of a Canadian family suffered minor back and neck pain Thursday after two trains on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride bumped at the loading station, authorities said. Disneyland officials shut the ride down for the second time since it reopened in March, following the Sept. 5 accident that claimed the life of a Gardena man, according to the resort's spokesman Bob Tucker. A 10-year-old boy, a 44-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man were transported by private ambulance to a local area hospital after the accident on the roller coaster occurred shortly after 5 p.m., said Maria Sabol, an Anaheim Fire Department spokeswoman. Their names and city of residence were not available, but Sabol said they live in Canada. Tucker did not know how the trains collided or where the family members were sitting in the ride. Disneyland officials notified the state Division of Occupational Health and Safety, and inspectors arrived at 6:50 p.m., Tucker said. "The attraction will remain closed until a complete check has been performed," Tucker said. The three families members were able to walk as they left the ride and went with Anaheim paramedics to another area of the park, but the woman then was taken to the ambulance on a gurney, Sabol said. Police Sgt. Rick Martinez said that because the accident was "not serious enough to warrant a police investigation," the department would take a medical aid report and leave the investigation to state officials. Last September, 22-year-old Marcelo Torres of Gardena was killed on the same roller coaster when the car in which he was riding ran into a derailed locomotive in front of him. Ten other people were hurt. The ride reopened on March 10 after state safety officials cleared it for operation. State officials concluded after a three-month investigation that faulty maintenance had caused the collision. Just days after the ride resumed operating, Torres' parents suggested at a press conference that more time was needed to study flaws that caused the fatal accident. Twenty-four people have claimed injuries from riding the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad since mid-2001, the state reported last fall.