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Disneyland Accident Under Investigation

An employee was hit by a vehicle on Space Mountain. State officials are probing what happened.

ANAHEIM, CA -- State officials are probing a Disneyland accident that hospitalized an employee who was working on Space Mountain.

A 68-year-old machinist was injured while testing a rehabilitated vehicle on the ride. The accident happened Oct. 3 about 9:45 p.m., said Erika Monterroza of the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA.

The man suffered back, chest and head injuries when the vehicle struck him, Monterroza said. KNBC identified him as Christopher Monday of Lakewood.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the employee remains hospitalized at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, but declined to release his condition. The L.A. Times described the injuries as critical.

Brown issued a statement saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with our cast member and his family. On behalf of his fellow cast members, we offer our heartfelt wishes for a full and speedy recovery.''

Cal/OSHA investigators can take up to six months to review what happened, but on average take three to four months, Monterroza said.

-- City News Service

Mercury October 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Space Mountain better not be closed during the investigation!
Susan Trear October 11, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Very thoughtful of you. Get well soon Mr. Monday! Cal-OSHA where are you?
peterestrada October 11, 2012 at 06:32 PM
it wont:) its the happiest place on earth, c'mon!
Randall allen Kittilstved October 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
accidents happen, for as many years as disneyland has been open, I think that it's saftey record is very much above the standards. Thans Walt for all the fun and memories. God speed to the injured worker on space mountain!!
anthonymillard October 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM
yeah i some how doubt that
Jockomo Augustini October 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM
bout time to retire
Gene Easterling October 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Thats the BEST ride ever! I sure hope he fixed it!!! :) And I hope he makes a full recovery!
Bob Basher October 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
gee doesnt anyone think it wierd that it may take 6 months to investigate? gee at what cost...oh thats right its california..money is no object.
Missy October 12, 2012 at 03:27 AM
It's pretty typical for OSHA. They've worked with Disney before in Disney World, so it should be pretty speedy.
Dusty754 October 12, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Yeah after all why should they spend all those precious tax dollars on someone's safety. Given that the conditions at the time of the accident are no longer applicable, it might take some time to attempt to re-create what might have happened. But as long as you are not being billed th entire cost, then what does it matter? Is that all you clowns worry about is your tax dollars?How about telling the commanding officer of a naval vessel that it is not up to the tax payer to pay for re-fitting his ship should he not like the color of the tile in the galley or some other thing where the ship is brought into port and some company re-fits the thing to the commanding officer's liking at tax payer expense. Meanwhile this vessel is sitting, doing nothing but bleeding tax payer dollars and a lot more of them than some investigation by OSHA.
sharon boether October 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM
someone was hurt and you're worried that the ride will close!!! what a moron along with other choice words.....
wes October 12, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I see your point but since nothing get done on its own you have to sue to get anyones attention----when it starts costing money for injuries ect.. and it comes out of the defendants pocket that when they make chages for the better-----somtimes
Marcheal Gideon October 13, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I haven't been to Disneyland in years.
Brenna October 17, 2012 at 04:43 AM
you are a selfish jerk for this comment. I hope the Lord will somehow forgive you.

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