BBC News reports that French police are investigating the mysterious death of a 14-year-old girl who lost consciousness earlier in the week while riding on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (video) at Disneyland Paris.
The Spanish teenager’s friends noticed she was unconscious when the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster ride had stopped. Medical teams at the theme park tried to revive her but by the time an ambulance arrived, the girl had died.
A preliminary inspection of the roller coaster found no machinery malfunction, but the ride remains closed. Disneyland spokesman Pieter Boterman said the ride would not reopen until the cause of the girl's death was determined.
The attraction first opened at Disney-MGM Studios Florida (Walt Disney World) in July 1999 and this near-identical design at Walt Disney Studios Park (Paris) in March 2002, featuring a duplicated ride layout with an alternate theme applied on top.
A 12-year-old boy died in June 2006 after riding Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. It was subsequently determined that had a congenital heart defect, and an inspection of the ride found no mechanical problems.
The boy from Fort Campbell, Tennessee, collapsed on June 29, 2006 during a ride on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster with his 7-year-old brother, mother and father.
The Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is an enclosed, 82-second ride with a roll-over corkscrew feature accompanied by a blasting AEROSMITH soundtrack. It is presented as a high-speed journey down a mythical Los Angeles freeway.
Disney's web site says coaster riders will "zoom from 0-60 mph with the force of a supersonic F-14, take in high-speed loops and turns synchronized ... and zip through Tinseltown in the biggest, loudest limo you've ever seen."
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