Shows how far DLand's operators heads are up their butts... they spend a ton of money on the ride last year to add safety gates and at the same time cut maintenance budgets and prevent the maintenance dept. from being able to keep an ample stock of spare parts on hand.
If we ever hear the real story of why this happened, I'll bet it was maintenance related.
They are saying that employees are informing guest that something is wrong with the river boats!! This is insane! Whats going on people 2 train derailments in 1 month!! ------------------ http://coastertrackrecord.tripod.com/
Also the official statements says 'broke away' not 'derailment'. Somebody made that assumption based on their limited imagination. 'Broke away' could just as easily mean that the coupling between the cars broke and the locomotive car pulled out ahead. So again it's jumping to conclusions.
Telling people that something's wrong with the river boats is really stupid though, assuming it's true.
As things are developing, it sounds like the (Purely Decorative) Engine separated from the rest of the train. As to how the people were actually hurt...
My thought is that if the engine did separate and advanced ahead of the rest of the train, it could have entered a block brake zone, triggering the brakes to close. When the rest of the train hit the (already closed) brakes at full speed. Alternately, and this somehow seems more likely, the separated engine went ahead of the train but failed to make it up a hill, causing it to either slow down or actually begin to roll backwards, at which point the train struck it. We'll see.