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.