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Man Dies After Riding Roller Coaster at Disney

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On Tuesday, December 19 a man died after riding a roller coaster at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Jeffery Reed, 44, was unconscious at the end of the Expedition Everest ride at the Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney personnel provided medical assistance to Reed, and he was transported to Celebration Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Orange County Sheriff’s officials said. Inspectors found no problems with the ride, Animal Kingdom’s Expedition Everest, but Disney was keeping it closed pending further review.

A camera took Reed’s photograph around 50 seconds before the ride ended, and according to the photo he was still conscious. The ride is listed as a “high-altitude, high-speed train adventure”, and on the ride passengers are hurled forward and backwards. According to officials, Reed was bot found to have any trauma or injury.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the cause of Reed’s death. The ride is currently closed while officials reconfirm proper operation of the ride.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Wrongful Death.