Beth Kassab | Sentinel Staff Writer Posted May 29, 2007, 2:16 PM EDT STORY GALLERY
Five Walt Disney World guests and an employee were transported to the hospital Tuesday morning after the Kali River Rapids ride at Animal Kingdom was evacuated.
One of the rides' sensors caused the flumes to stop as they were traveling up a steep incline, prompting an evacuation about 10:20 a.m., said Bo Jones, deputy fire chief of the Reedy Creek Improvement District.
A platform designed to help transfer guests from the ride to the exit stairs malfunctioned during the evacuation.
One Disney employee may have suffered a bone fracture and the five guests suffered other minor injuries such as bruises and neck and back pain, Jones said.
The injured people included three teenagers, one 21-year-old and two people in their 40s.
Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty said the reason the ride stopped is being investigated along with how the evacuation platform malfunctioned.
Kali River Rapids remains closed for now, she said.
"Our primary concern is for those who are impacted by the incident," Prunty said. "We're trying to determine what happened."
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