State opens formal investigation into fatal accident at Disneyland Park

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An official investigation has been launched following the tragic accident at Disneyland.

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State officials are currently investigating the shocking death of a Disneyland employee last week. A worker has died after suffering serious head injuries in a park.

Bonnye Lear, a 60-year-old administrator, was reportedly traveling through Disneyland in a golf cart when she fell and hit her head. The incident took place on Friday, June 5, backstage at Disneyland Park.

This area is known as Critter Country and is currently undergoing a large-scale renovation in conjunction with work on the park’s upcoming new ride, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The water ride will officially open this summer at Magic Kingdom in Florida, and Disneyland will open later this year.

As a result, Critter Land and its attractions are covered in walls and construction materials, and paths are temporarily closed.

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Lera died of her injuries two days after being taken to hospital. Behind KTLA, this accident is currently under official investigation and the incident is being handled by government officials.

Anaheim detectives are also investigating a traffic collision.

Lear was the administrator of Disneyland’s Club 33. This iconic and exclusive venue, initially designed as a VIP lounge for Walt Disney himself, transformed into an extremely prestigious private club. Club 33 is located above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland has not announced any changes to its on-park safety protocol as a result of the accident, but the theme park resort is required by law to report serious injuries and fatalities.

“We are devastated by the loss of Bonnye and offer our sincere condolences to all who cared for her,” Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said in a statement. “At this time, our focus is on supporting her family and cast members through this tragic event and making sure they have the resources they need.”

The resort mourns the loss of Disney legend Bonnye Lear, who was personally responsible for much of the magic created at the Disneyland theme parks. Fans and cast members who benefited from her greatness every day will greatly miss her loss.

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