Primeval Whirl rollercoaster

The Primeval Whirl rollercoaster has reopened at Disney's Animal Kingdom, after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration completed an inquiry into a fatal accident.

The coaster has been closed since the incident on March 13, 2011, which saw 52-year-old attractions mechanic Russell Roscoe die after being struck by one of the ride's vehicles. 13 News reports that Walt Disney World has now been fined $69,000 and issued with a "serious" citation by the OSHA, having failed to ensure that protective equipment was used or that guardrails were installed in the area.

Disney has completed safety upgrades to Primeval Whirl, which enabled it to reopen over the September 17-18 weekend. The company has not yet confirmed whether it will accept or challenge the OSHA's verdict.

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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