6 injured on Disney World water ride


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Five visitors to Walt Disney World and an employee suffered minor injuries Tuesday while evacuating a water ride that had malfunctioned, authorities said.

The injured guests were a family of four and a teenager, said Bo Jones, Reedy Creek's deputy fire chief. They suffered neck and back pain and other bumps and bruises, but no serious injuries.

A sensor on the Kali River Rapids ride tripped, stopping it and forcing riders to evacuate, said Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Polak. The injuries happened while people were moving from floats to a walkway, she said, but she did not give details on exactly how they occurred.

Disney determined the problem was a faulty exit platform. The park removed the platform and reopened the ride Tuesday.

The ride simulates a river rapids trip through a rain forest in the Animal Kingdom part of Disney World.

"Nothing like this has ever happened," Polak said.