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Cast member killed at Disney World*

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Published: November 29, 2007 at 9:47 AM

I've received multiple reports that a Disney World cast member was injured last weekend on the Primeval Whirl coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The employee was standing in an area off-limits to guests when she was struck by a moving car, knocking her off a platform. The woman, whose age I've not yet been able to track down, struck her head.

Disney did not report the accident to Florida's OSHA department until last night, when reports say the employee took a turn for the worse.

* Update: The cast member, who was in her 60s, died Thursday night, the Orlando Sentinel confirms.

Readers' Opinions

From Sherri Connelly on November 29, 2007 at 11:25 AM
Unfortunatly, she didnt make it...

Here is a link..

http://www.local6.com/news/14722538/detail.html

From Anthony Murphy on November 29, 2007 at 1:45 PM
Strange! Though Disney should have told the authorities a little earlier. She must have taken a drastic turn for the worst!
From Don Neal on November 29, 2007 at 1:48 PM
The story is no longer up on News 6's site. Interesting...
From Joshua Counsil on November 29, 2007 at 1:53 PM
NOW they're saying that they can't confirm she died!

What the hell is going on here?

http://www.local6.com/news/14722538/detail.html

That explains why the other article was removed ...

From Gareth H on November 29, 2007 at 2:41 PM
try this link for an update.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/custom/tourism/orl-metcfbriefs29x_0207nov29,0,7938238.story?coll=orl_tab01_layout

From Anthony Murphy on November 29, 2007 at 7:33 PM
Still, I sounds freaky! If I am not mistaken, there is a similar death in the accidents section about somebody getting struck by a roller coaster (a worker)
From Robert Niles on November 29, 2007 at 8:00 PM
There have been several examples of park employees being struck, and, yes, killed, when standing in restricted areas while coasters were running.

Expect directives reminding park employees (at Disney and elsewhere) of their training regarding restricted areas.

From Brian Emery on November 30, 2007 at 8:06 AM
That really sucks…. I feel badly for her family…

I have been on this ride several times last May; my daughter loves this ride…

Just enjoy each day because you never know when When actually is…..

From Larry Zimmerman on November 30, 2007 at 2:57 PM
Lock Out Tag Out. Seems pretty simple. No energizing the ride while employees are in the restricted area. It's a shame someone was injured, but it has to be due to someone not following procedures.
From Iris Hernandez on November 30, 2007 at 3:27 PM
I really feel bad for the family...my prayers are with them. I just hope others use this situation and learn to stay out of restricted areas during ride operation. Its a real tragedy.
From claudia maffei on November 30, 2007 at 11:21 PM
Oh my God! We just returned from Disney world. We were at the animal kingdom on Wed. the 21st. We came home Monday the 26th after spending 2weeks there. I heard nothing about this while there. How sad. The employees of Disney are always so nice. She could have put us on that ride. I just rode it with my kids twice last week! you just never know. Live every day like it was your last.
Most important ( my dad suddenly died from a heart attack at age 53 when I was 9.) speak to every person like it is your last time you will talk to them. Never leave anything unsaid or that you will regret.
From Karin S on December 2, 2007 at 7:16 AM
On Thursday, an elderly man slipped and fell in the Magic Kingdom and later passed away. What a terrible week it was.
From David Graham on December 3, 2007 at 9:17 AM
On the eldery who slipped coming out of a restaurant, anyone know which one? They have never really said "where" it happened other than at Disney....
From scott stark on December 5, 2007 at 5:23 AM
If you want to see the obit for the older woman that got killed go to www.timesreporter.com. It is in the newspaper today.

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