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Space Mountain Reopens After State Investigation Into Man Who Climbed Out Of Moving Ride

Space Mountain
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TMS-4069
Source:
Mercury News
Author:
Brady Macdonald
Dateline:
February 01, 2019
Posted:
February 06, 2019
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Current
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State investigators have completed their on-site inspection of Disneyland's Space Mountain after a man climbed off the moving roller coaster and had to be guided to safety by employees, according to state and theme park officials.

The Amusement Ride and Tramway unit of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cleared the Anaheim theme park to reopen Space Mountain after an initial investigation of the incident, said Cal/OSHA spokesman Luke Brown.

The indoor roller coaster ride through the dark reopened to theme park visitors on Friday morning, according to Disneyland officials.

A Southern California man in his 20s climbed off Space Mountain on Tuesday afternoon while the ride was in motion, Disneyland officials said. Disneyland attraction operators stopped the coaster once they realized the man was not on the ride and located him.

The uninjured man walked to the Disneyland first aid station and was later taken to the hospital for a precautionary examination, according to Disneyland officials. Disneyland officials said the ride vehicle's lap bar restraint remained engaged and that the man "used force to maneuver his way out of the vehicle." Initial reports indicated that the man had fallen out of the ride, but that turned out to not be the case, said Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt.

"He didn't fall out," Wyatt said. "He had to maneuver himself around the safety mechanism."

The man, who has cognitive disabilities, climbed out of the moving train during a slower portion of the ride as the coaster was making its initial ascent in the dark, Wyatt said.

Disneyland advised Cal/OSHA of the Space Mountain incident and is fully cooperating with the investigation, Brown said. Cal/OSHA is expected to issue a report after the investigation is complete.
 
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