Man dies apparently from fall off Mummy's platform at Universal Florida

Posted Thursday, September 23, 2004 9:29 AM | Contributed by CsTrFrK

A 34-year-old man attempting to board the Revenge of the Mummy ride at Universal Studios Orlando died Wednesday after he fell into an area in front of a stationary vehicle, according to Local 6 News. After falling, he hit his head on the tracks and complained that his stomach hurt and he could not feel his leg. He went to the hospital and died after surgery.

Read more from WKMG/Orlando.

Thursday, September 23, 2004 10:11 AM
I've seen rides where it has looked like this could happen. I've not been on Mummy, so I do not know if the open gate provides enough protection from the old slip and fall. Anyways, this one does not look good for the park.
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Thursday, September 23, 2004 11:09 AM
I have ridden mummy opening day and many times since. What is not clear is if he stepped off the platform or fell over the front of car ( the second seems more Likely as universal has closed front row) It seems like this person was not in the best shape. He may have passed out standing up moving to his seat.

Whatever happened it is a black mark on the parks when this happens Because when the reason this happens comes out in time it will not be covered by the press I can look forward to hearing in line "didn't somebody die on this ride"

Kevin

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Thursday, September 23, 2004 11:58 AM
As much as I support our right to sue, I'm hoping that the next article isn't about the family filing a suit.
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Thursday, September 23, 2004 12:12 PM
Has anybody heard if an accident of this nature has EVER happened before?
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Thursday, September 23, 2004 12:53 PM
I could see this happening if he was walking ON the seats instead of negotiating past the restraints. The space between the released restraints and the seats is a bit snug. Also the dash area at the front of the car is relatively high, if you are entering the proper way. I don't know, just not enough info yet.
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Thursday, September 23, 2004 1:05 PM
UPDATE: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/orl-locmummy23092304sep23,1,482805.story

I haven't been there, but based on how the article reads there is a foot-long "flexible plastic" section on the gate for the front seat and that, as he was entering the car, he might have leaned on it for support (he has been weakened by his medical problems and had been wheeled around the park by his wife) and fallen into the track area.

On a side note, according to the article, "Paula Valadez said she has no plans to sue Universal."

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Thursday, September 23, 2004 1:13 PM
^ That is until a blood sucking lawyer get ahold of her.
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Thursday, September 23, 2004 3:48 PM
That sort of comment is not necessary until we hear for sure about that. Maybe respect for the man who passed on and his family would be more appropriate.
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Thursday, September 23, 2004 6:00 PM
I think that the wife should have walked with him, knowing his condition and that his walking was unstable and weak (as he was in a wheelchair the whole day). They have spots where you can park your wheelchair, and this incident may have been avoided.

That article was VERY depressing redman, alot worse than the main one.

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Thursday, September 23, 2004 6:18 PM
If he had to be wheeled around, how come he didn't have an exit pass for boarding? He had a ligitiment need, and that is what the systems are there for. If he went that route, I'm sure a Universal employee(s) would have assisted him in boarding the ride.
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