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DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by Polynesian Princess » Apr Tue 26, 2011 1:19 am

http://www.coaster-net.com/news/1386-di ... -accident/

Several people were injured when a rock truly did fall when the tunnel is "caving in". Thankfully it sounds like most of the injuries were minor and treated on site, though one man is in the hospital with a head injury. According to the article, the park will remain closed until further notice.
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Re: DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by Amy » Apr Tue 26, 2011 5:37 am

That's scary! Hopefully the man wasn't too seriously injured.

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Re: DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by TTA Traveler » Apr Tue 26, 2011 5:38 am

Yikes! That's crazy. Glad, for the most part, everyone wasn't seriously hurt. Hope the man in the hospital gets out soon and it's nothing serious.
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Re: DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by mindflipper » Apr Tue 26, 2011 9:27 am

I was surprised they would close the whole park and not just the ride. That seemed a bit extreme.

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Re: DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by Sleepy90 » Apr Tue 26, 2011 9:51 am

mindflipper wrote:I was surprised they would close the whole park and not just the ride. That seemed a bit extreme.
It does seem a bit extreme but we have to remember this is France and their laws may be more severe with things of this nature.
I hope that the injured man recovers quickly and the safety team find out what caused this unfortunate incident and make sure it will not reoccur.

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Re: DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by mindflipper » Apr Tue 26, 2011 11:29 am

Sleepy90 wrote:
mindflipper wrote:I was surprised they would close the whole park and not just the ride. That seemed a bit extreme.
It does seem a bit extreme but we have to remember this is France and their laws may be more severe with things of this nature.
I hope that the injured man recovers quickly and the safety team find out what caused this unfortunate incident and make sure it will not reoccur.
Guess they will now have to post the warning signs, "Danger! Beware of falling fake rocks!" Guess they're not made of styrofoam after all... :wink:

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Re: DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by Polynesian Princess » Apr Tue 26, 2011 10:51 pm

mindflipper wrote:I was surprised they would close the whole park and not just the ride. That seemed a bit extreme.
I too was surprised that it said that it said the park was shut down, but came up with three possibilities:
- Like Sleepy said, France simply may have different regulations.
- A tangent of the first thought - because the injuries occurred due to a ride malfunction, it may be handled more extremely than an injury due to someone trying to climb off the ride, falls, health problems, etc. They may want to investigate the park's maintenance system and determine whether or not factors such as lack of proper maintenance, ignoring a known problem, etc. were at fault.
- Something may have been lost in translation and only the ride is closed, not the whole park.
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Re: DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by Wizzard419 » Apr Wed 27, 2011 12:17 am

If I recall, when there was a death on Rock N' Rollercoaster they didn't shut the park down, so it could have been a translation issue.

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Re: DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by Polynesian Princess » Apr Wed 27, 2011 8:03 am

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42751628/ns/travel-news/

Just found an article on MSN that says it was only the attraction shut down.
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Re: DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by Amy » Apr Wed 27, 2011 8:08 am

Polynesian Princess wrote:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42751628/ns/travel-news/

Just found an article on MSN that says it was only the attraction shut down.
That makes more sense that only the attraction was shut down after the accident.

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Re: DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by mindflipper » Apr Wed 27, 2011 11:00 am

Thanks for posting that, Poly. I really didn't make sense they would close the whole park!

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Re: DLP Big Thunder Mountain Accident

Post by figmentaholic » May Mon 09, 2011 10:39 am

Ah, so it was just a translation error. Yeah, that makes more sense.
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