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Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster reopens at Disneyland Paris following accident

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The Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster has reopened at Disneyland Paris, several weeks after a serious accident forced its closure.

DLP.info reports that the coaster reopened on May 21, 2011, having been out of action since the incident on April 25, 2011. Disneyland Paris has not revealed whether any changes were made to Big Thunder Mountain as a result of the accident and subsequent investigation, although it is likely that local authorities gave the go-ahead for it to return to operations.

One man was seriously injured in the accident, which was initially reported to have occurred when a piece of fake rockwork fell onto the track in front of the train. The serious injury, and four other minor injuries, were said to have been caused when the "rock" was flung upwards when the train ran into it during its ascent.

This account was subsequently disputed by people claiming to be eyewitnesses to the event. They claimed that the rock actually landed on the train's front "locomotive", before smashing into the entrance of the ride's final tunnel and showering guests with debris.

Big Thunder Mountain was originally due to close for refurbishment from May 9 through May 27, with Disneyland Paris seemingly opting to bring forward this scheduled maintenance as a result of the accident.

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There are 3 comments.

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.

Why do people insist on making up stupid rumours????

Why do people insist on making up stupid rumours????

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