Disneyland Space Mountain Closed

Wednesday, August 2nd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The popular Space Mountain roller coaster ride at Disneyland was closed after a malfunction caused minor injuries to nine people.

The accident happened about 10:55 p.m. Monday when a wheel support arm came loose and brought a 12-person car to a sudden halt.

Nine people were treated at hospitals for bruises, including a woman in the first seat of the car whose feet were bruised when the floor buckled underneath her, officials said.

The safety system on the ride, which reaches a maximum speed of about 30 mph as it winds its way through a half-mile course, stopped other cars. The lights in darkened Space Mountain were turned on and everyone was evacuated.

The accident on the ride, which was built in 1977, was the first involving a wheel support arm, park officials said. Three lawsuits have been filed alleging injuries suffered on the ride.