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Disneyland's Space Mountain re-opens after man climbs off ride

Disneyland Space Mountain
Posted at 1:57 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 16:57:04-05

ANAHEIM (KGTV) - Disneyland's Space Mountain ride re-opened Friday after state officials concluded their investigation into how a guest at the theme park got off the roller coaster while it was in motion on Tuesday.

Luke Brown, a spokesman for Cal/OSHA, the state agency that investigated the incident, said the ride was cleared at 9:10 a.m. Friday.

The man in his 20s "used force to maneuver his way out" of the roller coaster's vehicle, whose lap restraint mechanism remained in place, Disneyland officials told KABC.

The man, who has cognitive disabilities, climbed out of the moving train in the dark during a slower portion of the ride as the coaster was making its initial climb, Sgt. Deron Wyatt told OC Register. Disneyland attraction operators stopped the coaster once they realized the man was not on the ride and located him, Wyatt said.

He escaped injury but was taken to an area hospital as a precaution, officials said.

City News Service contributed to this report.