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Verified Injury Accidents at Theme and Amusement Parks

These incidents have been reported and verified by Theme Park Insider's registered users. Please read our Accident Watch page for information on how and why we are collecting this information.

Ride of Steel at Darien Lake
July 8, 2011
James Hackemer, 29, an Iraq War veteran who had lost both legs in the war three years prior, died when he fell from the Ride of Steel roller coaster. -- Reported on July 9, 2011 by Robert Niles.

Follow-ups:

Last sunday a tourist claim to get blind of the right eye when finish to ride the Dragon Challenge in IOA. When the ride come to an end Carlos Montalvo told WESH tv in Orlando that he have the eye and face cover in his blood. His still at medical facilities that are not mentioned in the press report. -- Reported on August 4, 2011 by Neil Basabe.


Space Mountain at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
May 21, 2011
A 48-year-old woman was found unconscious at the end of the ride. She was treated at the scene, then transported to a local hospital. The ride was closed for the day for inspections, but initial reports suggested that the cause may have been a medical condition rather than an on-ride injury. -- Reported on May 21, 2011 by Robert Niles.


Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Paris
April 25, 2011
Five passengers were injured, one seriously, when a resin decor rock fell on one of the trains. The seriously injured visitor was taken to a local hospital with a head injury. -- Reported on April 25, 2011 by Robert Niles.

Follow-ups:

May 23, 2011: Ride has been re-opened and falling rocks scene has been removed. -- Reported on June 24, 2011 by Ty Wijnans.


Primeval Whirl at Disney's Animal Kingdom
March 13, 2011
An unidentified cast member was airlifted to a local hospital, reportedly in critical condition, after being injured while working on the refurbishment of the ride. Local officials announced that the cast member died the next day. -- Reported on March 13, 2011 by Robert Niles.


Spinning Coaster Maihime at Tokyo Dome City Attractions
January 31, 2011
A 34-year-old man died Sunday afternoon when he fell about 7-8 meters (20-24 feet) to the ground from the Spinning Coaster Maihime at the Tokyo Dome City Attractions in Bunkyo Ward. -- Reported on January 31, 2011 by dan fisher.


Pony Express at Knott's Berry Farm
October 7, 2010
Several riders were injured when two coaster units collided during the park's Halloween Haunt event. -- Reported on October 7, 2010 by Robert Niles.

Follow-ups:

10 people were injured at about 8:00 last night on the pony express. 9 people were injured on the train that did not make it up the hill. 1 person was injured while boarding the train at the station. the cause of the accident is under investigation. as of now i have no further information, but will post some in next couple of days. by knott's fan: issac -- Reported on October 8, 2010 by isaac root.


it's a small world at Disneyland Paris
October 6, 2010
A 53-year-old employee of a park subcontractor was severely injured when trapped under a boat after the ride was started, before the park opened for the day. He was taken to a hospital, where he died later that day. -- Reported on October 6, 2010 by Robert Niles.


Roa's Rapids at Aquatica
October 4, 2010
Ivan Henson, 68, of Manchester, United Kingdom, died after being pulled unresponsive from the water at Roa's Rapids. Lifeguards revived the man temporarily, but he was pronounced dead at Dr Phillips Hospital later that day. -- Reported on October 5, 2010 by Robert Niles.


Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba at Downtown Disney
August 21, 2010
During the trampoline finale at La Nouba tonight a performer was injured. My wife and I were in the second row on the right side of the stage, and as the performer landed on the trampoline a spring broke and his foot slid through the open area on the outside of the trampoline. The performer went down and stayed down. After other performers checked on him a paramedic came out on the stage to assess the situation. Other dancers (and the juggler) came back to distract the crowd while a table was set up underneath the trampoline. The table was used as a flat, steady surface so that the other performers (and paramedic) could strap the injured performer to a board that was brought out on the stage. Roughly a half dozen performers and the paramedic helped carry the injured performer off the stage. During this, the injured performer didn't appear to move much at all and was breathing with the assistance of an oxygen tank. Another performer held the hand of the injured performer as he was carried of the stage, strapped to the board. A brace was attached to his left leg. As soon as the injured performer was removed, the remaining performers all came out to take a bow and the show was ended. This routine is typically the final routine but most of it was scrapped as a result of the injury. -- Reported on August 21, 2010 by Adam Guillette.


Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's California Adventure
August 18, 2010
A 20-year-old male waiting in the upper queue of load area climbed over a rail and fell about 20 feet to the lower level. He was taken to UC-Irvine hospital, but his injuries were not serious, so he was released. -- Reported on August 19, 2010 by Robert Niles.


Griffon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
August 5, 2010
Five people were injured when an inflatable prop was blown from its anchor points and into the path of an oncoming Griffon train. It was caused by quickly developing severe weather. -- Reported on August 6, 2010 by Elizabeth Dixon.


Dolphin Plunge at Seaworld Aquatica
June 28, 2010
I was climbing out of the catch pool using the steps and holding to the handrail when my foot slipped and broke my ankle. I had surgery that night and still recovering. The steps' tiles underwater do not seem to have any special antislippery surface. Claim# P413-142570-01 -- Reported on November 8, 2010 by Antonio Santiago.


Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure
June 22, 2010
We were watching the 5:30pm show. There is a scene were Aladdin is trying to escape the townspeople after he steals the food and suddenly, he flies through the air and exits the stage, before "magically" reappearing on the ground from behind a wall at center stage. As Aladdin comes from around the wall and does basically a "Ta-Da!" moment to the audience, the Aladdin who had flown by off the stage suddenly flies backward, still on the wire, on to the stage and hits the wall at center stage. It appeared that the actor was unconscious before he even hit the wall with his backside, as he was not moving and was slumped over hanging on the wire; he did not try and break himself slamming in to the wall. The Aladdin standing onstage facing the audience and the few other actors with him were stunned, as was the audience. The curtain came down and after a few minutes, the announcer came on and said the show was cancelled for the day. -- Janie G. -- Reported on June 23, 2010 by Janie G.


Tomorrowland Speedway at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
March 14, 2010
A guest, driving one of the cars, struck and injured a cast member attendant on the ride. The ride was closed temporarily, and the employee taken to the hospital. The injuries were not immediately disclosed, except that they were not life-threatening. -- Reported on March 14, 2010 by Robert Niles.


Believe at SeaWorld Orlando
February 24, 2010
A whale attacked and killed a trainer at the start of a Believe show on Wednesday, Feb. 24. -- Reported on February 24, 2010 by Robert Niles.


Lights! Motors! Action! at Disney's Hollywood Studios
February 3, 2010
A male performer was swinging from scaffolding onto a Jet Ski and injured his leg upon landing. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. -- Reported on February 4, 2010 by Robert Niles.


Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Florida
October 14, 2009
An employee fell from a ladder after the ride had closed for the evening, falling from the ride building's third story to its second. The worker was not believed to have suffered serious injury. -- Reported on October 15, 2009 by Robert Niles.


Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm
September 16, 2009
It happened today. I saw the Buena Park Fire Department working to get people out of the ride. We saw it from the high part of the Log Ride and had a hard time seeing it because Knott's roped off everywhere near the ride so park visitors could not see what was going on. Workers told me a cable broke and people got hurt but that is all they could tell me. -- Reported on September 16, 2009 by michael hogerhuis.

Follow-ups:

I was on the ride. the launch was smooth but as we went up the first hill we heard a weird spins like metal on metal. Then we saw all this smoke and someone said they saw sparks. the ride then lost speed and short shot rolling all the way back down but not into the station. Becausw we weren't back in the station our lap bars did not release and ride engineers were called in to release us. The kid in front of me had a gnarly gash on his leg and I coached his dad in controlling the bleeding before the medics arrived. ride attendants say that the catch car cable that launches the train frayed and broke striking the kid in The leg -- Reported on September 17, 2009 by Boyd Taylor.

It was on the news the day it happened. When will it reopen? -- Reported on February 9, 2010 by Sarah Meeks.

Ride Video from the accident leaked onto YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn5yCeplHc4 -- Reported on September 18, 2009 by Domenik Jost.

I was on the ride when the cable snapped. i was sitting all the way in the back. the ride took off very fast, i heard a very loud grinding sound then i seen the explosion from the cable.. i thought we were gonna die., then i saw a big ball of cable debris in the air headed my way and sure enough smacked me in the face. as confused as i was , we started heading backwards and the ride was hitting some metal under it, and then we quickly stopped. then i heard screaming.. and then an kbf employee asked me if i was ok and i never felt the sharpest throbbing aching pain in my back before in my life i said no! wtf my back and thats when the ambulance came to take me to the hospital. ive been hurt still ever since. irritating pain and discomfort.:( i hate rides now. -- Reported on October 10, 2010 by Adam Guevara.


Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios
August 17, 2009
Stunt performer Anislav Varbanov, 30, was fatally injured during a rehearsal for the " Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular." He was doing a tumbling roll after 7 p.m. when he was hurt. -- Reported on August 18, 2009 by Robert Niles.


Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
August 11, 2009
Three people were hospitalized and 18 treated at the scene when a train became stuck on Blackpool's Big Dipper and was struck from behind by a second train. -- Reported on August 12, 2009 by Robert Niles.



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