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Five injured in Big Thunder Mountain accident at Disneyland Paris

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Five people have been injured after a piece of fake rockwork fell onto a carriage on the Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster at Disneyland Paris.

According to a Thomson Reuters report, one of the guests was seriously hurt, with the rest being able to continue their day at the park. The ride was closed following the incident on Monday, April 25, and is expected to undergo an investigation before it can return to operations.

DLP.info reports that the incident occurred inside the tunnel that hosts Big Thunder Mountain's final lift hill. Inside the tunnel, fake rockwork "collapses" due to a mock explosion, with the train passing close to it before moving onto the ride's last section. However, in this case a piece of "rock" made of fibreglass and wood fell onto one of the train's carriages.

Opened in 1992, Big Thunder Mountain is the headline attraction of the Frontierland area of Disneyland Paris. Manufactured by Vekoma, the coaster has a relatively low top speed of 30.4 miles per hour, with most of its thrills being generated by its close interaction with the surrounding scenery.

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I have just got back from Euro Disney and on the last night while talking to a tour rep. who I will not name told me of the event that someone actually fell out onto his head and is still in a coma in hospital, he had a few drinks so whether he was meant to tell me am not sure but we had so much in common we had a heartwarming chat as my daughter was there through make a wish foundation after battling cancer and he/she had a similar story to tell.
Also this talk of a rock falling on someone happened while we where the on the 10th of May while on Space Mountain the coaster broke down in discovery land while in fact a Styrofoam rock fell on someone and was opened 20 min. later. This is all wrong and I am glad my daughter was high enough for only one coaster. Never again with this covering up malarkey.

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