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State probes critical injury of Disney worker at Space Mountain

October 10, 2012 |  6:52 pm

Space mountain
State officials are investigating an accident at Disneyland's Space Mountain that left a 68-year-old machinist in critical condition.

The Oct. 3 accident occurred as the machinist was testing a vehicle on the popular, high-speed ride, said Patricia Ortiz, a California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokeswoman.

“Preliminary information that we heard was that he was struck by the vehicle … how [is] still being determined,” Ortiz said.

The Disney worker suffered critical back, chest and head injuries and was taken to UCI Medical Center, authorities said.

KNBC identified the worker as Christopher Monday, a Lakewood resident.

Suzi Brown of Disneyland Resort said that the ride did not malfunction and that “it was cleared for normal operation.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our cast member and his family,"  she said. "On behalf of his fellow cast members, we offer our heartfelt wishes for a full and speedy recovery.” 

Ortiz said as the state investigates the accident, employees or witnesses who may have been present at the time of the accident will be interviewed.

The investigation could take up to six months.

-- Ari Bloomekatz

Photo: Space Mountain. Credit: Disney.