The only thing that haunts the mine train is the smell of a family of skunks. *** Edited 7/8/2004 6:22:12 AM UTC by CoasterMatt***
As far as the "accident" and fraud allegation, these same 2 peeps had law suits pending at other amusement parks for "accidental injuries" at the time of her death.
The story from her husband changed 3 times on the night of the accident. One story he told was that he didnt realize that she was gone till the train returned to the station. Story 2 was they were holding hands and she was "ripped from his grasp in the corner". Story 3 was she started to fall and he grabbed her and held on as long as he could. Fraud??? Who knows, you decide. But let me add that she was found on the inside of the helix and she was standing on the outside side of the train. Did physics take a break for a few seconds 20 years ago?!
Today also marks the 30th Anv. of the Disneyland America Sings cast member death. Ms. Debbie Stone was working in the then-rotating theater when somehow she moved between the theater's rotating outer wall and its innter stationary one. As the theater changed scenes, she was crushed between the two. *** Edited 7/9/2004 12:19:20 AM UTC by Dukeis#1***
The old mine train station (#2) is now completely enclosed and is ironically used as a haunted house during fright fest. *** Edited 7/9/2004 12:32:22 AM UTC by CoasterMatt*** *** Edited 7/9/2004 12:32:55 AM UTC by CoasterMatt***
Yes, the tunnel is haunted by Stella. I worked the Mine Train for two summers (1993/1994 - 10 years after her death). We experienced the lights going out on us for no reason while we were walking the Tunnel, and other unexplained things happened from time to time. One evening when we were walking the track (which we did every night to gather items lost by riders), we were walking on the far side of the tunnel between the Mine Train and the Ninja. On a raised wooden beam/block we found a brooch. It was antiqued and had pearls on it, probably costume jewellery. It was perfectly arranged in the centre of the block with the pearl side up. It was not there the night before, and there was no way it could have fallen from either ride due to its location and perfect placement on the beam.
We decided it was Stella's. We kept it at the driver's console to remember her and the accident, both out of respect and in absolute terror (we were teenagers, after all). We did not know the full story, only that she had died on the ride. I have only today realized that all of this was real! Today the news was all about the Ohio State Fair, where a person lost their life (and several others were tossed from quite a height) when the Fireball ride fell apart. I began looking up my own history with Six Flags and found all of this to verify what I had been told when I was working there.
Regardless of the circumstances of her death (accident or attempted fraud), RIP Stella.
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