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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad derails in accident at Disneyland Paris

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

A train on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad rollercoaster at Disneyland Paris derailed on October 27, 2011, forcing the ride's closure for the second time in less than a year.

DLP.info reports that the train derailed just before the second of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad's three lift hills, resulting in two "minor" injuries. According to media reports, one man suffered back problems following the accident, while a young girl hurt her knee.

One of the middle carriages on the train is believed to have left the track, causing the cars behind it to collide. The coaster has been closed indefinitely pending an investigation into the incident.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was closed after another incident on April 25, 2011, which left the ride out-of-action for just under a month. 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 up the ride's final lift hill.

The rollercoaster reopened on May 21, 2011. Disneyland Paris did not reveal whether any changes were made to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as a result of the accident and subsequent investigation.


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