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New details emerge of Big Thunder Mountain accident at Disneyland Paris

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New details have emerged of the incident on Disneyland Paris' Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster earlier this week, which left one rider seriously injured.

DLP.info features an in-depth analysis of a report in Le Parisien, which sheds new light on the accident. Most significantly, it confirms that while five guests were injured, one seriously, none of the injuries are thought to be life threatening. It also corrects earlier reports on the precise chain of events that led to the injuries.

While confirming that a piece of fake rockwork came loose in the tunnel that houses Big Thunder Mountain's third and final lift hill, Le Parisien reports that the fibreglass and wood "rock" did not fall directly onto guests as originally thought. Instead, it fell onto the track in front of the train, and was flung upwards when the train ran into it during its ascent. It subsequently hit the five guests, causing the injuries.

Four of the guests were able to continue their day at Disneyland Park following light medical treatment. The fifth, a 38-year-old French man, was taken to the Beaujon hospital in Clichy-sur-Seine, and is believed to currently still be there.

Big Thunder Mountain itself has been closed since the incident on April 25, and is expected to remain so until an investigation is completed. The coaster was already due to be closed to refurbishment from May 9 through May 27, and is therefore likely to be out of action for at least a month.

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I was in the final carriage of the train with my family. The scenic "rock" did not fall onto the track, but fell onto the chimney stack of the locomotive at the front. This obviously raised the height of the front of the train, so that when it entered the final tunnel there was not enough clearance at the tunnel entrance, and the architrave sourround was smashed showering the passengers with flying debris, which is what caused all of the injuries.
If that wasn't enough, when the train was finally stopped in the tunnel, we were left in the dark, with many passengers panic struck, because we could hear the other train still in momentum, wondering if it was going to plow into the back of us. It was a truly terrifying experience.

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