Disney Reopens Ride

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Walt Disney World reopened a roller coaster today after determining that nothing mechanical caused the death of a 12-year-old rider from Fort Campbell.

Disney officials said an inspection found nothing wrong with Disney-MGM's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.

"Walt Disney World engineers and ride system experts completed a thorough inspection of the attraction overnight and found it to be operating properly," the company said in a statement.

Disney also said a representative from the state Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection observed the ride inspection and testing.

Disney and other large amusement parks are exempt from state oversight, but Disney has allowed government inspectors to watch after fatalities.

Michael Russell died yesterday shortly after passing out while riding the coaster, which reaches speeds of 60 miles an hour.


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