Debbie stone death video: Death of Deborah Gail Stone
On July 8, 1974, nine days after the complex for America Sings opened, an 18-year-old hostess, named Deborah Gail Stone, was accidentally crushed to death between two walls of the building between 10:35 p.m. and 10:40 p.m.
A narrow channel between a stationary wall and a rotating wall was open and Stone either fell, stepped backwards, or tried to jump from one stage to the other as the rotating wall began to move (it moved every 2 to 4 minutes, which was how long each act was).
Her death was pronounced at 11:00 p.m., when the carousel was being reset for a new cycle.
One of the audience members heard Stone’s screams and notified park staff. Others thought it was a part of the show. By the time the audience member and the staff got to her, Stone had already died from her injuries.
Stone’s parents sued Disneyland for the death of their daughter, which resulted in a small settlement.
Following Stone’s death, the attraction was abruptly closed down, remaining closed while Disney installed safety lights and had the area where the incident occurred cleaned.
Later, the walls in the theater were remodeled so that they would break away in case a similar accident happened. The attraction reopened on July 11th, three days after the incident.