Walt Disney World monorail crash kills employee
Two monorail trains collided early Sunday morning at 2 a.m. in the Magic Kingdom section of Walt Disney World, killing one train’s operator. The other train operator was uninjured but emotionally shaken.
Disney’s senior spokesman Michael Griffin identified the killed driver as 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg. Wuennenberg was a student at Stetson University.
Disney said it was the first fatal crash in the monorail’s 38-year history in the park. Disney has not released any details of the accident. The cause of the accident is unknown. Orange County Sheriff and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are investigating. The monorail system is closed pending the investigation of the accident.
Disney spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez said the park had boosted other forms of transport — such as ferries, boats and buses — for visitors Sunday.
In a statement, Walt Disney World offered its condolences to the employee’s family.
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