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6 injured on Animal Kingdom ride at Disney released from hospitals

Beth Kassab | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted May 29, 2007, 7:07 PM EDT
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Five Walt Disney World guests and an employee were transported to area hospitals today after the Kali River Rapids ride at Animal Kingdom was evacuated. They were later released.

One of the rides' sensors caused the flumes to stop as they were traveling up a steep incline, prompting an evacuation about 10:20 a.m., said Bo Jones, deputy fire chief of the Reedy Creek Improvement District.

A platform designed to help transfer guests from the ride to the exit stairs malfunctioned during the evacuation.

The injured people included three teenagers, one 21-year-old and two people in their 40s.

Kali River Rapids was closed until about 4:15 p.m. after the ride was inspected.

Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty said the company conducted safety checks of the ride and did not find any problems. It did determine, however, that the platform used to evacuate people from the ride vehicles "disengaged and slid."

She said the company will use an alternative method to evacuate people from the ride if necessary.






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