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This is a summary of notable incidents that have taken place at various Universal-owned theme parks, amusement parks, or water parks. This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every such event, but only those that have a significant impact on the parks or park operations, or are otherwise significantly newsworthy.

The term incidents refers to major accidents, injuries, or deaths that occur at a Universal park. While these incidents were required to be reported to regulatory authorities due to where they occurred, they usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • Caused by negligence on the part of the guest. This can be refusal to follow specific ride safety instructions, or deliberate intent to break park rules.
  • The result of a guest's known or unknown health issues.
  • Negligence on the part of the park, either by ride operator or maintenance.
  • Act of God or a generic accident (eg slipping and falling), that is not a direct result of an action on anybody's part.

Universal Studios Japan

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E.T. Adventure

  • In November 2004, a 35-year-old woman from Osaka Prefecture, Japan suffered nerve damage in her right wrist, resulting in the loss of use of two of her fingers and ultimately losing her job. This occurred when her hand got stuck in a safety bar as an employee pulled it down to secure it. The woman sued the park and received ¥15.3 million in an out-of-court settlement.[1]

Universal Orlando Resort

Dueling Dragons

  • On July 1, 2009, an employee was walking underneath the coaster in a restricted area when he was hit by a train during a test run. The victim suffered multiple head injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. [2]

Incredible Hulk

  • On September 23, 2003, a 34-year-old woman from Jensen Beach, Florida suffered a heart attack while riding the Incredible Hulk coaster. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where she later died.[3]

Revenge of the Mummy

  • On September 22, 2004, a 39-year-old woman from Apopka, Florida fell approximately 4 feet off the loading platform as she was attempting to step into the ride vehicle. She suffered injuries to her head and noted pain due to the fall. She died during surgery at the hospital.[4]
  • On July 14, 2009, a 16-year-old boy from Butler, Alabama claimed to park officials that he had nearly been choked to death on the ride, as a result of his wallet neckband (which contained his express "fast" pass) flipping backwards and clinging to the back of the seat. He suffered slight bruises around the neck. However, due to the fact that riders are notified and advised not to bring any loose items on the ride with them, the incident was disregared.

The Simpsons Ride

  • On June 13, 2008, an unidentified mechanism failed, resulting in a ride vehicle and its occupants being sprayed with vegetable oil. The guests were given a change of clothes and allowed to shower at the property.[5]

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