Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Disneyland worker found dead in haunted house
From usatoday, A technician working at Disneyland Paris died inside the theme park’s haunted house Saturday.
The Phantom Manor attraction remained closed Monday following the discovery of the 45-year-old man's body, according to the BBC.
"We are truly saddened to learn of the passing of one of our Cast Members, and our hearts go out to his family and friends during this very difficult time," the resort said in a statement to the network.
The investigation remained ongoing as of Monday, Sky News reported, but the technician was believed to have been electrocuted between 8 and 9 a.m., before the park opened for the day. He was working on the attraction’s lighting, according to several reports.
Patrick Maldidier, a Disney union representative, told the French newspaper Le Parisien that the employee, whose name has not been released, “always had a smile on his face.”
The accident marked the first death in years at Disneyland Paris, billed as Europe’s top tourist attraction with 14.2 million visits in 2014.
A contracted employee died at the same Disneyland park in 2010 after he fell into the water inside the It’s a Small World attraction and became trapped under a boat, the BBC reported.
In 2013, a 5-year-old boy fell into the water on the park’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride and become trapped under the boat before his father pulled him to safety, according the Telegraph.
The haunted house attraction is expected to reopen Wednesday at the earliest, following a police investigation.