Girl, 7, Crushed to Death by Tour Bus in Disneyland Lot

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Times Staff Writer

A 7-year-old girl was crushed to death by a bus Saturday night in the main parking lot of Disneyland, Anaheim police said.

Police said the girl was crossing the lot with a relative, searching for their car, when she fell into the side of a tour bus from Santa Barbara and was crushed by the rear wheels.

The identity of the girl, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was not released pending notification of her parents, according to Sgt. Larry Kurtz. The driver of the bus was not held.


Since 1964, at least 11 people have died as a result of incidents at the park, including several seizures, drownings, a stabbing and a number of accidents connected with rides. None of the fatalities involved traffic accidents in the parking lot.

The most recent death took place in January, 1984, when a 48-year-old woman apparently fell from a bobsled on the Matterhorn ride.

Child Dies in Accident

Elsewhere in Anaheim, another child died as a result of a traffic accident Saturday evening.

A 3-year-old boy, Francisco Permentel, was fatally injured when he was struck by a 1975 Datsun pickup in the 400 block of West Gunida Lane, according to Anaheim police. The boy was crossing the street from north to south when he was hit at about 6:30.

He was treated at the scene and taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was pronounced dead. The driver, a 27-year-old Santa Ana man, was not held.