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  • [Question] Death On Big Thunder Mountain

    I have read some where, that there was a death that happened year(s) ago on Big Thumder mountain.

    Is this true or false.....

    And if true what happened?

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    True, I can't seem to recall what happened. I believe the first car derailed.

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    • #3
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      Definitely not a rumor. That really happened, unfortunately. A car derailed as it was coming around a corner, if I remember correctly, and a man in his 20s was crushed. I think it was blamed on improper maintenance, and it did take place during a time when Disney was less meticulous about...well, everything.

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      • #4
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        here's a link

        Wrongful Death of Son on Disney's Big Thunder Mountain

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        • #5
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          Didn't the lead engine come off the tack and land on the 1st passenger car, killing the man?

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            Originally posted by mrs marisa View Post
            I have read some where, that there was a death that happened year(s) ago on Big Thumder mountain.

            Is this true or false.....

            And if true what happened?
            True.

            Originally posted by DisneyPro View Post
            Didn't the lead engine come off the tack and land on the 1st passenger car, killing the man?
            The upwheel assembly (the wheels underneth the track on the train) worked loose because it was not secured completely because the train was not repaired properly but the paperwork said it was.

            When the upwheel assembly worked loose, it eventually struck brake assemblies along the track causing the lead engine car to jump off the track and eventually lodge itself against a brake assembly and the cars behind the engine slammed into the engine itself.

            The front most car crushed against the rear of the engine, causing fatal injuries to one of the two people in the lead car because the front edge of the car crushed backwards into them.

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            • #7
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              You can read the offical report on the accident here
              Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Accident Investigation Report - Accident, disneyland, and big thunder mountain railroad

              You can look at photos of the accident scene here
              RideInsider.com: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Accident Photos

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by flynnibus View Post
                This picture just gave me a chill... I miss that engine...
                http://rideinsider.com/test/images/btmrr_14.jpg

                I know the report well... I was not aware of any pictures on the net. Thank You for that link.
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                • #9
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                  Yeah, I was aware of this incident, but those pictures really cement this tragedy in your brain. This one in particular:

                  RideInsider.com: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Accident Image #31

                  Scary stuff right there.
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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by rajbonham View Post
                    Yeah, I was aware of this incident, but those pictures really cement this tragedy in your brain. This one in particular:

                    RideInsider.com: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Accident Image #31

                    Scary stuff right there.
                    Especially because there is still blood right there. The tunnell in which this happened is the one where you enter underneath the coyote rocks just after the possum tree, correct? That is an especially rough portition of track and I can definately see how this happened.
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                    • #11
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                      Was this the only death/accident on BTM?

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                      • #12
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                        That's indeed the part after the opossums and coyotes. I hadn't seen those pictures before - based on the limited descriptions I'd read, I'd mistakenly thought it'd taken place at the start of the final lift hill.

                        EDIT: DizneyPhotoGuy, I don't believe there have been any other deaths on the attraction, though I'm sure less serious injuries and accidents have occurred on rare occasions.

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                        • #13
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                          Wow that did a lot more damage than I pictured. Those pictures really drive it home. Of course the trains are moving at a pretty good clip through there. I'm always tossed pretty good in that tunnel.

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by Eric5675 View Post
                            Especially because there is still blood right there. The tunnell in which this happened is the one where you enter underneath the coyote rocks just after the possum tree, correct? That is an especially rough portition of track and I can definately see how this happened.
                            Originally posted by Datameister View Post
                            That's indeed the part after the opossums and coyotes. I hadn't seen those pictures before - based on the limited descriptions I'd read, I'd mistakenly thought it'd taken place at the start of the final lift hill.
                            It was Safety 1 (wood shed tunnel before B Lift)...
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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by Eric5675 View Post
                              Especially because there is still blood right there. The tunnell in which this happened is the one where you enter underneath the coyote rocks just after the possum tree, correct? That is an especially rough portition of track and I can definately see how this happened.
                              That's what I noticed about the blood. Very scary, and also very sad I must say everytime I enter that tunnel it's just so freaky to me, knowing what happened in it.

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