Big Thunder Mountain Railroad incident

Friday, September 5, 2003 11:16 AM
I just heard a short segment on the news that people were taken to the hospital off of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad- does anybody have any more info?
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Friday, September 5, 2003 11:21 AM
I've been searching for news headlines but can find none online.
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Friday, September 5, 2003 11:24 AM
I have been searching as well, and havent been able to come up with anything. I guess I will find out soon though. I'm sure something like this happening at Disneyland will get plenty of press.
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Friday, September 5, 2003 11:25 AM
What is this, the third derailment this year? What's going on ...

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Friday, September 5, 2003 11:25 AM
Which one?...there are four!

mOOSH

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Friday, September 5, 2003 11:26 AM
Another post states Disneyland
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Friday, September 5, 2003 11:30 AM
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.

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Friday, September 5, 2003 11:31 AM
Closest I can find to a news story at this point is on KABC's website - the ticker says watch the 4:00 news for updates http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/

I also saw it on TV on CNN but no story online for it yet...

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Friday, September 5, 2003 11:33 AM
Ok, I just saw it on Fox News (terrible channel by the way) and they showed an overhead view with a train at the station and said they know people are injured but no details yet.
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Friday, September 5, 2003 11:52 AM
For those wanting to follow this, mouseplanet is updating a page on the incident every few minutes.

http://www.mouseplanet.com/more/bigthunder_breaking.htm

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Friday, September 5, 2003 12:04 PM
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/news/090503_NW_Disneyland_ax.html

11 Injured...one critically...

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Friday, September 5, 2003 12:04 PM

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,96570,00.html

More bad coverage!! Arghhhhhhh
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Friday, September 5, 2003 12:21 PM
I just saw video of someone being taken away by emergency response people and his hand flopped down like he was dead!
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Friday, September 5, 2003 12:23 PM

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!!
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Friday, September 5, 2003 12:24 PM
This happened b4 at Thunder Mountain? Disneyland sux. WDW is waaaay better.
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Friday, September 5, 2003 12:27 PM
Did I miss something, Crashmando? When did this happen before?

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Friday, September 5, 2003 12:29 PM
Darth Justin... when people are unconscious, they don't exactly have control over their body parts. Don't jump to conclusions, especially with an accident like this.

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Friday, September 5, 2003 12:33 PM
Oh God.

Disney is the last park I would ever expect this to happen to.

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Friday, September 5, 2003 12:34 PM
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.

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Friday, September 5, 2003 12:34 PM
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.

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