Dollywood employee injured at glass shop in second incident this week

A master craftsman demonstrates the art of glassblowing at Dollywood's Mountain Blown Glass Shop in Rivertown Junction (photo courtesy of Dollywood)
A master craftsman demonstrates the art of glassblowing at Dollywood's Mountain Blown Glass Shop in Rivertown Junction (photo courtesy of Dollywood)

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It’s been a rough week for Dollywood.

A Dollywood employee was injured in Pigeon Forge on Sunday while working in the Mountain Blown Glass Shop in Rivertown Junction.

The Mountain Blown Glass Shop features master craftsman demonstrating the art of hand blown glass. Glassblowing is a glass-forming technique that involves inflating molten glass by mouth into a bubble with a blowpipe or tube. 

At the Mountain Blown Glass Shop in Dollywood, craftsmen show guests how to blow their own keepsake glass ornaments live on stage. Guests can also purchase hand-blown glass souvenirs and figurines at the shop. 

According to reports, the employee was stabilized at the scene and transported to the hospital. No one else was injured and no park guests were in danger at the time of the incident. 

A master craftsman works on a glass blown piece of artwork (photo courtesy of Dollywood)
A master craftsman works on a glass blown keepsake at Dollywood’s Mountain Blown Glass Shop in Rivertown Junction (photo courtesy of Dollywood)

There is not yet word on the extent of the injury.

The park is in the process of notifying the Tennessee Operational Health and Safety Administration and federal OSHA.

Meanwhile, Dollywood has closed the glassblowing shop pending investigation. 

Park officials have publicly stated that their thoughts and prayers are with the employee and his family during this difficult time.

Details emerge about Mystery Mine incident

The glass blowing accident comes on the heels of another incident in the park just two days ago that left three guests injured.

That incident reportedly happened around 2 pm near Dollywood’s Mystery Mine roller coaster. 

Dollywood's Mystery Mine (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)
Dollywood’s Mystery Mine (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Read More: Three Dollywood guests sent to hospital after incident near Mystery Mine

According to the police report, obtained by TheSmokies.com, two guests were transported to the hospital by ambulance and treated for injuries. The third guest declined. All three said to be stable at this time. 

The police report states that the three guests were struck by a chain that fell from the Mystery Mine roller coaster. It is believed, according to the report, that the chain is a decoration and not a functioning part of the ride itself. 

The report states that one of the guests had a laceration on her head and injuries to her left arm. 

The Mystery Mine was temporarily closed directly after the accident and is currently undergoing a routine investigation. 

“Our prayers are with the patients and their families during this trying time,” said Dollywood in a statement.

We also continue to follow that story and have reached out to Dollywood for a formal statement and have not yet heard back. 

Dollywood’s 2020 season opener

Dollywood has only been open for less than a month after being closed for two months over coronavirus concerns.

The park reopened to season passholders on June 15, and the general public on June 17. 

Dollywood, like many area attractions, continues to operate at a limited capacity at this time, are requiring guests to make reservations in advance, and asking all visitors to use face masks when visiting the park. 

Read More: Dollywood revises Splash Country mask policy, will have mask-free zones

Dollywood kicked off their 2020 season with the Flower and Food Festival on June 15, 2020 (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)
Dollywood kicked off their 2020 season with the Flower and Food Festival on June 15, 2020 (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

The park posts daily notices on their social media pages regarding reservation availability and park hours. Availability remains high on most days. 

Guests planning a trip to Dollywood and wishing to make a reservation should do so on the Dollywood website

For more frequently asked questions about the reopening, visit the Dollywood FAQ page. Follow TheSmokies.com on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news developments on attractions in The Smokies.

Visit the CDC website and the Tennessee Department of Health website for the latest information about the coronavirus.

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