Quarterly theme park injury report shows man dies after riding Star Tours


A Tennessee man died after riding the Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The death was listed on the July-September report of ride-related injuries and illnesses that the Central Florida theme parks turn in each quarter.

Ralph Lyles, 67, of Memphis, Tenn., had a pre-existing heart condition and felt ill after riding the motion simulator ride. District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman, Sheri Blanton, said, “The cause of death was listed as hypertensive cardiovascular disease with other significant conditions contributing to death listed as obesity.”

According to the Orlando Sentinel, other injuries listed on the report include:

“At Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, a 53-year-old woman had a seizure on Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid. A 59-year-old man suffered stomach and chest pain on Space Mountain.

At Universal Orlando, a 52-year-old woman felt dizzy on the Dragon Challenge. A 49-year-old man experienced back pain on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

A 34-year-old woman reported neck, back and tooth pain riding on the Aqua Drag Racer at Wet ‘n Wild.”

News source: Orlando Sentinel

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