1 Dead in Disney World Monorail Crash
Sunday, July 05, 2009
July 5: The aftermath of a collision early Sunday morning between two monorail trains at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
A Disney World monorail driver was killed after colliding with another train at the Orlando, Fla., park, according to officials.
The driver died early Sunday when he rear-ended another train at about 2 a.m. EDT.
The operator of the other monorail train was taken to the hospital, but was uninjured, according to a statement from the Reedy Creek Fire Department.
The first driver, who was not identified, had to be cut out of his cab and was pronounced dead at the scene, CFNews13.com reported.
Two employees and five guests on both trains were not injured.
Witnesses said the crash took place on the EPCOT track near the Disney World parking lot as people were leaving the park following a Fourth of July fireworks show.
"Today, we mourn the loss of our fellow cast member. Our hearts go out to his family and to those who have lost a friend and co-worker," Mike Griffin, Disney World's vice president of public affairs, said in a statement.
"The safety of our guests and cast members is always our top priority. The monorail is out of service as we continue to work closely with law enforcement to determine what happened and the appropriate next steps," Griffin said.
It was the first fatal accident in the Disney World monorail's 38-year history, according to CFNews13.com,.
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