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Disneyland Roller Coaster Injuries Revealed by State

Twenty-four people have said they were hurt on Big Thunder Mountain since 2001.

September 18, 2003

Two dozen people have said they were injured on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad since 2001, according to state documents released Wednesday.

The documents track injuries ranging from a fatal heart attack to minor complaints of dizziness. Follow-up state investigations and ride inspections did not reveal any safety problems.

A state inspector spent an hour at Big Thunder Mountain as recently as Aug. 20 -- less than three weeks before the crash that killed a man and injured 10 other riders -- but did not note any hazards. The documents cover injuries reported before that crash.

In most cases, investigators determined that the ride was operating normally, or that the injuries could not be attributed to its maintenance or operation.

The data were released in response to news media requests after the Sept. 5 accident killed Marcelo Torres, 22, of Gardena.

The accident remains under investigation.

From a Times Staff Writer

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