A Disney contractor was working at the parking lot of Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Tuesday when he was trapped after the ground collapsed from underneath him, causing him to fall into a deep hole.
According to Mike Jachles, a public information officer with the fire department, it took firefighters 90 minutes of hand digging to free the man’s leg from a pile of dirt within the hole. It was reported that the man’s leg was trapped up to his thigh.
It was also reported that the man, in his 50s, was not hurt but taken to the hospital as a precaution after falling in the eight to ten feet deep hole. The man, who was not identified, was said to have been standing next to a trench when the accident happened.
Tim Stromsnes, President of the Reedy Creek Firefighters Association, said Orange County fire responded to a mutual aid call after the man fell around 1:45 p.m. The call was initially made to Reedy Creek firefighters but they didn’t have the proper certification to free someone trapped in a trench. For those not familiar, the Reedy Creek firefighters generally respond to emergencies that take place on Walt Disney World property.
At Disney, there’s been a vast amount of construction work taking place. Just recently, we shared the current status of the Tron attraction coming to Magic Kingdom, which already has seen the completion of most of its track. From images shared by @Bioreconstruct, it seems construction has come far on the project. However, the track is not fully complete as there are still disconnected parts of if that have yet to be connected.
However, Disney is definitely making strides with the attraction and from this progress, we’re certain Magic Kingdom will be on the mark with a 2021 opening of the ride.
Source: Orlando Sentinel