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    Accident at Disneyland - Ongoing Coverage

    Last Updated 9:14pm 7/29/05

    Two trains collided near the conclusion of the California Screamin' roller coaster at Disney's California Adventure around 6:39 pm on Friday the 29th of July, 2005.

    15 passengers were transported to the hospital for "Minor" injuries (13 adults and 2 minors). The remainder of the 48 people involved were evaluated and/or treated on the scene and released.

    The accident appears to have been triggered by a "Cascade" which is usually caused when the cars in the station take too long to load, causing the trains on the track to back up in their "Zones". Disney roller coasters are designed to prevent more than one train from being in the same zone at the same time. No official word has yet been given on how both trains were able to make contact in the same zone.

    A City of Anaheim spokesman says that the accident was described to him as a minor collision. "One car bumped another." - See NBC 4 News link listed below

    KCAL 9 News is reporting that Disney officials confirm that all injuries are minor.

    It remains to be seen how this accident will affect Disney during this very busy 50th Anniversary tourist season.




    We will continue to link you to the most updated news and information as it becomes available.

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    Re: BREAKING NEWS: Accident at Disneyland- check here for continuing updates

    Orange County Register July 29, 2005

    About 36 people injured on California Adventure ride
    Two cars on the California Screamin' roller coaster collided; injuries are described as minor.
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    Re: BREAKING NEWS: Accident at Disneyland- check here for continuing updates

    LA Times 8:07 PM PST July 29,2005

    Two trains on the California Screamin' ride at Disney California Adventure bumped into each on Friday evening, leaving at least 60 riders with minor injuries.

    The accident occurred just before 6:45 p.m. as one of the trains was coming was ending its ride and hit a second train that was loading passengers, said Michael Simpson, dispatcher for Metronet, which covers the Anaheim Fire Department.

    Most of the injured complained of neck and back pain and some were being sent to local hospitals. Simpson said initial reports indicated that there were no serious injuries.
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    Re: BREAKING NEWS: Accident at Disneyland- check here for continuing updates

    NBC4News.tv 8:34 pm PDT July 29, 2005

    A spokesman for the city of Anaheim said two trains on the ride made contact at a slow speed."There were 24 patients in the first train, 36 in the second," said Danielle Craig, a dispatch supervisor with the Anaheim Fire Department.Police Sgt. Joseph Faria said the accident was described to him as a minor collision."One car bumped another," he said.
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    Re: BREAKING NEWS: Accident at Disneyland- check here for continuing updates

    Accident at Disney's California Adventure roller coaster injures 60

    AP article as posted by KCAL9 July 29, 2005

    ``It did not appear to happen at a high rate of speed. Absolutely all of these injuries are minor at this point,'' Nicoletti told KCAL-TV.

    Disneyland Resort spokesman Bob Tucker declined to comment, referring calls to city officials.

    The accident sent a fleet of ambulances to the park, which is part of the Disneyland Resort complex and is located adjacent to the venerable Disneyland amusement park, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

    Early Fire Department reports had indicated 60 people were slightly injured on the ride. But Nicoletti said 14 people were taken to hospitals for treatment of confirmed minor injuries. Twenty-one others were being evaluated at the scene late Friday and 13 more who were examined at the scene were able to walk away.

    The roller coaster was closed immediately after the accident but other portions of the park remained open.

    About 100 firefighters rushed to the amusement park, which opened in 2001 and was designed to turn Disneyland into a resort destination, much like Disney theme parks in Florida, Paris and Tokyo
    Video of the breaking news report from KCAL9 available here: (choose "Roller Coaster Accident Injures 15" )
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    Re: BREAKING NEWS: Accident at Disneyland- check here for continuing updates

    Images from the scene as posted by NBC 4 News (click link to view)

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    Re: BREAKING NEWS: Accident at Disneyland- check here for continuing updates

    The following is a transcript of the Press Conference held by City of Anaheim Spokesperson John Nicoletti:

    Tonight [July 29th] at about 6:39 pm, two trains on California Screamin' Attraction came into contact with each other at Disney's California Adventure. Neither train car derailed, the ride was evacuated, and guests needing medical attention were transported to a local hospital. The Division of Occupational Safety Heath was notified, and the scene right now is under the control of the Anaheim P.D. and the Anaheim Fire Dept.

    The numbers at this point: There were 48 people on the ride, two cars involved, 24 passengers in each car. The trains themselves are made up of six smaller cars with four people each, for the total of 48. We had 15 people transported to local hospitals. We had 13 people who were evaluated and walked away from the incident. We had 20 who were evacuated released then reevaluated, and they also were let go, and they do not have any injuries at this time. Of the 15 people that were transported to local hospitals, 13 were adults, and 2 were minors. We do not have the ages on the minors at this point, we do not have ages on the adults at this point.

    We had approximately 100 fire fighters and EMS personnel on location, 60 fire fighters from the Anaheim fire department. We did stage, which many of you saw in the television news cameras, 18 ambulances as a precaution. Whenever you have two cars like this come in contact you want to make sure that you have the best available recourse here as quickly as possible. That is why you saw so many ambulances. The Anaheim Fire Dept. used itís Ďbronto liftí to help remove some of the people, to help get a better view as to what was happening on the ride, and there was a sky-lift as well that was used.

    There was ride rescue personnel from Disney that helped remove some of the people from the ride. Most of the people because of where the incident took place, the two trains were almost on a flat portion of the roller coaster itself. There were only eight people at the back of the second train who needed assistance in being evacuated. Almost everyone else was able to walk off of the ride via the catwalks that are adjacent to the ride itself. We had fire fighting personnel from Garden Grove as well as the Orange County Fire Authority and at this point Iíll take a few minor questions."
    Video of the press conference can be viewed here and here (click link to view with windows media player)

    Thanks to user Emoboy for providing us with his transcription of the press conference.

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    15 people taken to hospitals in Disney-park accident - Orange County Register,7/29/05

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    At least 48 people were on the two trains when they collided at 6:39 p.m., Anaheim city spokesman John Nicoletti said. Neither train derailed and most people were able to get off on an adjoining catwalk, but eight people had to be rescued with cranes and a skylift, he said.

    Rob Doughty of Disneyland said there was no estimating how long the ride would be closed. The state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health will conduct an investigation and clear the ride to be reopened once it determines it is safe to do so, he said.
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    15 Hurt on Roller Coaster at Disney's California Adventure - LA Times, 7/30/05

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    Fifteen people suffered minor injuries Friday evening when a roller-coaster train rear-ended a second train that was stopped on the tracks at Disney's California Adventure, marking the first significant accident at the Anaheim theme park.

    The crash occurred about 6:39 p.m. on the California Screamin' ride, a popular roller coaster designed to propel riders through a silhouette of Mickey Mouse's head. The trains, each carrying 24 passengers, were about to reach the end of the ride, at a point where both vehicles were supposed to stop.

    About 100 firefighters from Anaheim and surrounding cities descended on the theme park, along with 18 ambulances. Most of the passengers were able to get out of their trains and walk to safety on their own using the roller coaster's catwalk. Eight passengers were on a higher point on the ride, with their car leaning at a 45-degree angle, and could not get to the catwalks, so firefighters helped them descend 15 feet to the ground using ladders.

    California Adventure is next to Disneyland, which has seen several high-profile accidents in the last few years.

    In 2003, a 22-year-old man was killed by the derailment of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster at Disneyland. The state blamed the accident on faulty maintenance.

    The Big Thunder Mountain crash was the third major accident at Disneyland in the last six years in which ride maintenance has been an issue. A park visitor was killed in 1998 when he was hit by an iron cleat that a taut rope tore from the Columbia sailing ship. Two years later, nine passengers were injured on Space Mountain when a bolt broke on a wheel assembly.
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