Nine suffer minor injuries on Disneyland's Space Mountain (updated)

Posted Wednesday, August 2, 2000 7:51 AM | Contributed by Seven-of-9

A minor incident occurred on Disneyland's Space Mountain where nine passengers suffered minor injuries. Read the whole story on CNN.

More on this from The LA Times, contributed by Soggy.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2000 7:51 AM
I guess I should have added that no amount of legislation could have prevented this freakish accident...

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Wednesday, August 2, 2000 7:57 AM
The article said at the very end "Three lawsuits have been filed alleging injuries suffered on the ride." Is this referring to the current incident or 3 total since the ride opened?
It irritates me when people file lawsuits for accidents. If there was negligence on the part of the park or an operator, that would be a different situation. But the riders know the risks involved and accidents do happen.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2000 8:49 AM
It doesn't suprise me at all because California leads the country in themepark accidents (I know they have a lot of parks). Disney and Universal are fighting any safety legislation, specifically the part that would reveal injuries. Gee, that might threaten their bottom line. Six Flags Inc. is one of the few companies that supports safety legislation in California. As for the accident, that sounds like sloppy maintenance to me.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2000 12:19 PM
That is stupid! Lawsuits for bruises and maybe a twisted ankle! The passangers have a right to be mad, but this has gone to far.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2000 12:54 PM
I just saw the report on MSNBC and it was fairly balanced as these reports go. They interviewed maintenance workers on Ghost Rider who said that one of the biggest threats is hats, because they can get stuck under the wheels. The funny part was when the reporter said that Space Mountain moves at a high rate of speed-30mph! In this day of Millennium Forces, that's not fast at all.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2000 6:37 PM
I agrgee with B&MAron. Wow, Big Deal, a couple of people got bruises on a ride. A lawsuit is redickiles.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2000 7:00 PM
Oh crap I spilled my Mcdonalds coffee...time for a lawsuit that was hot.

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Thursday, August 3, 2000 4:03 AM
I thought that since normally when entering the que for a rollercoaster there is a sign that says "ride at your own risk" which would hold you responible for yourself on that ride. So why can people sue if clearly warned of the risks?
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Thursday, August 3, 2000 6:25 AM
Madog, lawyers make sure that things like signs and warnings are pretty much a non factor. Since there is nobody there at the sign saying "Read this!" they can argue that the sign was never seen or read by the injured party.

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Thursday, August 3, 2000 4:34 PM
Sorry, but my dad lost a hat on the Beastie for crying out loud!

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Friday, August 4, 2000 4:40 PM
Hey, if you're going to sue someone, it might as well be Disney. They'll probably pay anthing to silence the riders.
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Friday, August 4, 2000 7:34 PM
Hey....I lost a hat on the SEA DRAGON!!!! GEEEZ! Just goes to show how good of a ride them John Allen thingees are! No matter what size!
I do agree with IF.......as an artist, I have worked with Disney.....yes they do whatever it takes to keep the incident hush hush. Read the book MOUSE TALES....it tells you everything that goes on behind the scenes. It's a riot!

:) *** This post was edited by ARROW GUY on 8/5/2000. ***
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Friday, August 4, 2000 9:59 PM
If a sign says ride at your own risk, it is referring to the warnings on the sign. There is absolutely no park that would put ride at your own risk as referring to injuries. The park is responsible for your safety. However if you know you have a heart condition and ride then you are at fault because you were warned. Although most injuries are the riders fault, the park knows the risk and that is why they have insurance.
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Saturday, August 5, 2000 12:40 PM
My friend got all weirded out on me about space mt. i told him that he has to remember, its a rollercoaster, and you have to know that when riding a rollercoaster. Minor injuries, in my opinion, are not worth a lawsuite. I mean I think I can honestly say that, if i was on the coaster that malfunctioned , I wouldn't sue. Now if it was at the fault of the ride operater than its a different story.
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Monday, August 7, 2000 6:49 PM
So i busted my nose and lip on the SUPERDOOPERLOOPER est.1978 and you dont see me cryin..

i busted my face cause its a coaster that has a flip and only has a lap bar and i had my hand up like every coaster fanatic should!!!!!!!!!!


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