Accident on Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain
Around 3 pm on Monday, April 25, 2011 five guests were injured riding the Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster in Frontierland of Disneyland Paris. According to the French paper Le Parisien the guests on board of one of the main trains (i.e. coaster trains) were hit by some fake rock work that fell down on them.
According to first reports the train at that time was located on the final lift hill of the attraction (“lift C”). This lift hill is inside a tunnel in which movement of rockwork on the walls and above the guests together with lighting and sound effects is supposed to simulate an earthquake with an explosion followed by the tunnel supposedly caving in on the train which – normally – would escape at the last second onto the final section of the coaster track.
While four of the five injured guests on board of the train were able to continue their day inside Disneyland after being treated on-site by the emergency personnel the fifth guests – a 40 year old French men according to Le Parisien – had to be moved to the hospital Beaujon in Clichy-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine) due to head injuries. According to a statement by a state official provided to Reuters the injury of this fifth guests is considered serious. According to Le Parisien the family of the seriously injured guest will be hosted by the resort for the time he is in the hospital.