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Three Dollywood guests were injured on Saturday, July 11 after a what appears to have been a decorative chain fell from the Mystery Mine roller coaster and struck them while they were walking below.
The incident reportedly happened around 2 pm. Pigeon Forge police officer Michael Emmott was dispatched to the scene.
According to the police report, obtained by TheSmokies.com, one guest had a laceration on her head and injuries to her left arm.
Two guests were transported to the hospital by ambulance and treated for injuries. The third guest declined ambulance transport but was evaluated by EMS on the scene and cleared of any major injuries.
All three guests are 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 Mystery Mine ride was temporarily closed directly after the incident. The ride was still closed when the park opened Sunday morning July 11.
One guest on Twitter reported the entire sections of the park being closed earlier today, including Wildwood Grove. These sections have since reopened.
Anyone know what happened at #Dollywood? They have a whole section of the park shut down including Wildwood Grove..
— magicoftomorrow (@magicoftomorro1) July 11, 2020
“Our prayers are with the patients and their families during this trying time,” said Dollywood in a statement.
The Pigeon Forge police department is conducting a routine investigation of the park. Dollywood park officials are cooperating with that investigation.
Dollywood’s unusual 2020 season
This incident adds to what is already turning out to be a strange season for the park.
Dollywood only recently reopened on June 15 after being closed for nearly two months due to coronavirus concerns.
Before the closure, Dollywood had only been open a single day to Dollywood season passholders on passholder preview day.
Dollywood is currently celebrating their inaugural Flower and Food Festival which is sponsored by Covenant Health. The festival features more than half a million flowers, floral sculptures and specialty food items.
Since reopening, Dollywood has been operating at a limited capacity and requiring the use of face masks for all guests and employees.
The park is also operating under new safety guidelines including but not limited to reduced ride capacity, a reduction of contact points in entryways and increased sanitation measures.
Dollywood has also added over 6,000 pieces of signage about social distancing and other safety guidelines.
Despite the uncertainty that surrounded the park for months during the closure, highly debated face mask policies and weeks of customer service issues due to increased call volumes, the park continues to be among the most popular tourist destinations in Pigeon Forge.
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