4-Year-Old Dies On Disney Ride

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

A 4-year-old Sellersville boy died Monday at Walt Disney World after collapsing while riding a space flight simulator that has caused chest pains and nausea in older riders.

The ride, Mission: Space, is at the center of an ongoing federal lawsuit between the Bucks County company that originated the design and Disney – a suit in which public safety is among the issues.

Daudi Bamuwamye, son of a U.N. financial official from Uganda, was pronounced dead two hours after boarding the attraction at Epcot Center near Orlando, Fla.

Steve Hanson, chief investigator for the medical examiner, said a cause of death might not be known for weeks. An autopsy found no broken bones or other signs of trauma.

Hanson said there was no way yet of knowing whether the ride might have contributed to the death. Further tests will not be completed for several weeks.Environmental Tectonics Corp., who Disney had contracted for the ride design, alleges in a lawsuit that they were prevented from participating in safety testing of the ride, increasing the risks of injury to the public.

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