Four guests suffered minor injuries when two carriages on the Disneyland Railroad train ride at Disneyland Paris became separated in an incident on January 2, 2013.
France 24 reports that a bolt connecting the first and second carriages on the train snapped, causing the front part of the train to accelerate ahead of the rest as it pulled into a station. The rear carriages then collided with the front carriage as it came to a stop in the station. The four guests received only minor injuries, but were taken to hospital and later discharged.
A Disneyland Paris spokesman downplayed the incident as a "small nudge", confirming that one wheel of the train had left the track. The location of the accident, at one of the ride's four stations, appears to have been a blessing due to the low speeds involved as the train came to a halt.
The Disneyland Railroad, a clone of a ride at the original Disneyland in California, travels around the outer perimeter of the park, stopping at four stations (in Frontierland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland and Main Street USA) on its way. As well as passing a recreation of Disneyland’s Grand Canyon diorama following the Main Street USA section, it offers views across a number of other themed areas.
Each of the four trains that operate on the Disneyland Railroad are stream-powered, filling their tanks from the water tower close to the Frontierland station. Guests can board or disembark the train at any of the four stations.
The accident is the third in as many years at Disneyland Paris, following two separate incidents during 2011 on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad coaster.