Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Disneyland Sued Over Fatal Accident on Ride.

'LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Walt Disney Co. was sued on Tuesday by the family of a man who died on a Disneyland ride last year, and by four other passengers injured in the derailment of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride.

The three separate lawsuits, filed in Orange County Superior Court, seek unspecified general and punitive damages for the death of 22-year-old Marcelo Torres and injuries suffered by other passengers in the Sept. 5, 2003, accident.

The lawsuit accuses Disney of failing to provide enough training for ride operators and of cutting costs so deeply that maintenance on rides has been dangerously neglected.

The suit says Big Thunder Mountain operators were afraid to take the train out of operation, even after hearing unusual noises, because of an "atmosphere of intimidation" created by Disney management.'

As much as I love Disneyland, a mistake was made, and the families should be taken care of...


Blogger Chad said...

Are there any qoutes from Disneyland or are we just stuck with the quotes from a lawsuit written by a lawyer. And would any amount of money bring back the person who has died. This sound like they are sueing on the grounds of neglegance which would be grounds it seems for a criminal lawsuit against the person or groups of people who knowingly neglected to perform the maintenance. I am sure however (unless someone states otherwise) that this is a financial lawsuit to get money. That seems wrong to me. If I had a family member that died I would want the person who neglected to do their fucking job held criminally responsible for the loss of life, to make sure that it didn't happen to other people. But what this article sounds like is that the families of the victims don't care about solving the problems, but only lining their pockets with what is sure to be easy money. I would want jailtime for the prick who didn't fund the maintence or for the punk bitch kid who was to busy getting a blow job from the Churro cart whore on Its a Small World to check the brakes. The families may want criminal liability to take place I don't know maybe you can answer that question, but if all they do is accept 100 million dollars and walk away and not question or just simply ignore the individual actually responsible for the decision that cost them so dear then they are no better than Disneyland for they are neglecting the REAL problem at hand.


October 6, 2004 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger None said...

"...or for the punk bitch kid who was to busy getting a blow job from the Churro cart whore on Its a Small World to check the brakes."

I want to put that on a bumper sticker.

Accidents happen all the time at theme parks, and Disney seems to handle shit a little quirky.

Like, one time a motherfucker had his head smashed in by a piece of wood that was flung across Frontierland because the moor was still tied down to the dock as the sailing ship columbia left port. Killed instantly.

Before calling the cops, officials at Disneyland roped off the area, cleaned up all the blood, and when police got there, they had a contaminated crime scene, and almost no witnesses as to what happened or how it happened.

So the way they handle shit isn't always on the up and up, and I believe slapping them on the hand with a hefty lawsuit isn't selfish, it's a wake up call.

But you're right on some stuff, however we don't know the whole story, which will come out in court. Maybe the kids were told to ignore the sounds the car was making by supervisors, and maybe the supervisors manager told them to forget about it. Maybe the right training wasn't in place, maybe the operators didn't know what signs to look for.

There's so many different possibilities as to what happened, the precautions that were or were not in place, etc, that really need to come out, and they really need to come out in court.

Now this is an unspecified amount of damages, for all we know it could only be the medical and insurance costs, however that is highly unlikely.

Disney has money, and everyone's looking for a payday, no matter what the circumstances are.

October 6, 2004 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger Chad said...

I did not know about Disneylands past coverups so it sheds new light on this situation. All the more reason I hope the family uses the courts and investigation to find out WHO is responsible and hold them criminally accountable and not just take the money and walk.

October 6, 2004 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger sinistaswoll said...

I don't know about Disneyland but Disneyworld has the same rights and powers as an independent municipal government so that would mean that on Disney 's land, They can build thier own roads and run thier own POLICE and FIRE STATIONS and they control thier own town planning, inspection, sewage treatment and not to mention save in taxes. Steve does Disneyland have this same type of power

October 6, 2004 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger None said...

They have certain rights, but James, when an accident occurs, police have to be informed and procedures have to be followed. They have their own security, but the police and fire departments on their grounds are the paid by the city, you know. I'm not arguing what you're saying, however they do not have the right to go over the law and do things their own way, even if it is Disney. =\

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