Primeval Whirl

The Primeval Whirl rollercoaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom is to remain closed throughout summer 2011, as an investigation into the death of a mechanic working on the ride continues.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the wild mouse coaster will be out of operations until the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration completes its inquiries into the incident and refurbishment work can be completed. 52-year-old attractions mechanic Russell Roscoe died when he was struck by one of the ride's vehicles on March 13, 2011.

Disney has pushed back the scheduled reopening date for Primeval Whirl to September 14, 2011. The company claims that it has been forced to delay scheduled maintenance work due to the ongoing investigation. Changes may be required to be made to the ride in order to receive clearance to reopen it.

Primeval Whirl opened in 2002, in the Dinoland U.S.A. area of Disney's Animal Kingdom. A spinning wild mouse coaster built by Reverchon Industries, it has had a troubled past. In November 2007, Disney Cast Member Karen Price was struck by a ride vehicle and thrown from the platform, subsequently dying from her injuries.

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