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Disney Worker Killed by Primeval Whirl

Adding to recently updated injury reports and a bus crash injuring five people last month, a Disney worker died Monday morning from massive head injuries he suffered on Sunday while working at the Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The 52-year-old man was repairing “The Little Dip” portion of the Primeval Whirl roller coaster when a co-worker called 911, according to a Sun Sentinel report, which published the call transcript released by Reedy Creek Fire District, Walt Disney World’s municipal fire department:

“We need somebody right now,” a co-worker told a 911 dispatcher. “One of our maintenance guys got hit by a moving vehicle…He got in the way of a moving vehicle.”

The man was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died Monday morning. Details of the accident were not immediately released and an investigation is underway by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. So far there have been no reports of a wrongful death lawsuit.

This is the second death associated with the Primeval Whirl. Another Disney employee was working on an elevated rider-loading platform in November 2007, when she was struck by one of the roller coaster vehicles, and died five days later. Disney was fined $21,000 for the accident and faulted five safety violations by federal investigators.