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Disney World visitor hit, hurt by pirate ship

71-year-old man fell between two pirate ships on Peter Pan ride
/ Source: Reuters

A 71-year-old man visiting Disney World with his wife and granddaughter fell off a moving walkway leading to a Peter Pan ride and was pinned under a pirate ship that carries passengers through the attraction, an official with emergency services said Wednesday.

The man, who was flown to a hospital by helicopter after being freed Tuesday evening, received superficial scrapes and bruises in the accident and was listed in “very stable” condition, said Bo Jones, the deputy chief of Reedy Creek Emergency Services.

The man, whose identity was not released, fell from a moving walkway just before boarding one of the pirate ships that carries visitors on the attraction depicting the Peter Pan story, said Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Solomons.

He fell between two slow-moving pirate ships and was hit and pinned under one of them before the ride was stopped by a Disney employee who activated an emergency switch.

The ride was closed for the rest of the night but reopened Wednesday morning, said Disney spokeswoman Lissette Campos. Campos said investigation determined there was no ride malfunction.