A very unusual accident recently occurred on the Dragon Challenge coaster located within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of Islands of Adventure, a theme park in Orlando, Florida. The accident left the victim blinded in one eye.
The incident occurred when Carlos Montalvo, a vacationer from Puerto Rico, reports he was stuck in the eye by an unidentified object while riding the coaster. According to WKMG, Montalvo was riding in the front row of the dueling coaster. Montalvo says that he was hit during one of the coaster's dueling moments when two separate trains come very close to each other and provide the illusion that they will collide. It is possible that he was hit by a loose article from another train, but there is no way to confirm this .
Montalvo was quickly taken to the hospital to try to save his vision in the affected eye. Unfortunately, these efforts were unsuccessful according to WESH. In a phone interview with WKMG, Montalvo said, "This is not a vacation. This is a nightmare."
The park shut the ride down to try to determine the cause of the incident. A statement from Universal spokesman Tom Schroder posted by WKMG said, "We have also spent the hours since then thoroughly inspecting and re-inspecting the ride, the ride vehicles, the tracks and the area underneath the tracks. We have found absolutely nothing that could have contributed to this incident."
The park reopened the ride later that day after failing to find a problem with the ride that could have caused the accident. WKMG pointed out that since its opening as Dueling Dragons, this coaster has had no similar accidents. Montalvo plans to speak with an attorney, but it is yet to be determined if he will press charges against the park or its parent company.