Group: Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter/AdministratEAR
Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Sep. 05, 2003 7:22 am/pm
Frontierland closed from New Orleans Square and beyond, so Tom Sawyer Island, the Mark Twain riverboat, and the canoes are closed. Reports are that some Cast Members guarding the closed areas told Guests “there's a problem with the riverboats” when they were asked what was going on.
Reports are that Disneyland Security is approaching persons who appear to be reporters or news photographers, and asking them to leave the premises. Other reports are that Cast Members are looking for witnesses to the incident.
Cynthia Harriss was seen in that area of Disneyland after the accident, as was Michael Eisner. Although Eisner had a room reserved at the Disneyland Resort's Grand Californian Resort for that weekend's ABC Primetime Weekend event, he was still in Burbank at the time of the accident. (So despite what Al Lutz says, Eisner actually did come down early to get to Disneyland because of the accident. )
The are unconfirmed reports are that cast members who were in Frontierland were given lunch at the Golden Horseshoe Theater, perhpas as a way to provide keep them informed of developments.
The Los Angeles Times reports more details about the incident at Disneyland today. According to the newspaper, the ride's red engine separated from its five open-top cars in the ride's tunnel and may have derailed. Another report says the engine parted from the train as it headed up the incline. The train rolled back down the grade and into a dark tunnel, where it stopped and riders were temporarily trapped. The article reports that the fatality is a man who went into cardiac arrest and was transported to UCI-Medical.
Authorities said one person was fatally injured and riders were trapped for up to an hour inside the tunnel before firefighters and paramedics could get them out and into awaiting ambulances.
Another man who was critically injured has since been upgraded to serious condition, suffered facial injuries. This is according to hospital spokesman Marci Dodson. Doctors at UCI-Medical were evaluating him for chest injuries as well.
The UCI-Medical Center has released the identities of the injured from today's accident at Disneyland. According to hospital spokesman Marci Dodson, the man who was admitted in critical condition, which was later changed to serious condition, is:
Gutierrez suffered facial injuries, a broken collarbone, and rib fractures. His injuries are serious, but he was awake and alert. He has since been released.
- Vicente Gutierrez: 22 from Wilmington, California, about 25 miles from Disneyland.
The five others admitted for minor injuries are:
- William Smith: 47, from North Hills, California, about 55 miles from Disneyland, treated at UCI Medical Center and released.
- Teresa Smith: 37, William's wife -- also from North Hills, California, treated at UCI Medical Center and released.
- Debra Guerrero: 44, from San Diego, treated at UCI Medical Center for chest injury and released.
- Christopher: 15, Debra's son, treated at UCI Medical Center and released.
- Adrian: 9, Debra's nephew, treated at UCI Medical Center and released.