Monorail Crash at Walt Disney World

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Monorail Crash at Walt Disney WorldA monorail crashed into another stationary monorail around 2 A.M. Sunday morning at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The crash killed one of the train operators. More from the Associated Press:

Two monorail trains crashed early Sunday morning in the Magic Kingdom section of Walt Disney World, killing one train’s operator, emergency officials said.

The monorail operator died at the scene of the crash, which happened around 2 a.m., said Bo Jones, deputy chief for Reedy Creek Fire Department. The other train operator was not injured, but was taken to a hospital because he was emotionally shaken. Five park guests were treated at the scene.

It is unclear what caused the crash, Jones said. Orange County Sheriff’s officials are investigating the cause. Read the full story.

The guests who were interviewed at the park were shocked. Here’s a video at the scene of the accident.

UPDATE: Possible Causes of the Monorail Crash – Poor Communications, Fatigue
Orlando Attractions Magazine has more details on what might have caused the accident.  At the end of the day, monorails return to a maintenance shop. In order to switch tracks and head over to the shop the monorails need to disable their anti-collision systems. At this point, the operators and workers at Monorail Central have to communicate by radio the location of the monorails. It’s possible that there was some kind of miscommunication while the monorails were in this state.

OAM also speculates that fatigue may have been a factor for the deceased operator. They point to his Facebook page where he commented that he had to work both 12 and 14 hour days in the past. Read more at Orlando Attractions Magazine.

What’s Your Take?
What do you think of the monorail crash at Walt Disney World? Leave a comment below. Image courtesy of Fox News Channel.

9 Comments

  1. wow if i was that operator, i would be shaken. Every day would just be the same, driving these people to and from the park, then one day a crash happens. I would be shaken too! Is Disney World now closed cause of this?

  2. It's not a freak accident when considering how many people were in Disney World on July 4th. It is still sad. Very, very sad.

  3. I would hate to be at the park on July 4. Thinking how crowded the place was going to be.

  4. And its freaky that just a month ago there was a Subway crash in Washington DC. It pretty much happened the same way: they both collided

  5. I just came back from USO and I saw rockit on the go, and the station. AWESOME!

  6. Wow your lucky. Did you notice how many brake runs are on that ride i mean that has to be a record or something!

  7. Yeah. It is weird that there were two rear-end collision train crashes so close together. I updated the post with a little more information I was able to find. I hope Disney tightens up this process if it was described correctly. It's worked well enough all this time, but I'd hate for it to happen again.

  8. Thats so wierd. Cause if 2 trains are really close together they both come to a complete stop. Apparently they did not stop. And this was the exact way that subway crash happened in DC. Trust me, i doubt this was going to happen again. This was on July fourth at 2 am. I bet the guy was really tired and fell to sleep. Thats the only thing that i can think of.

  9. It was neither fatigue nor user error on the part of the deceased monorail pilot that caused this tragedy. It was the pilot backing up from the switch which *might* carry some or all blame there. If the track did not switch over, most of the blame rests with mechanical failure (especially if the reversing driving was newer and could not recognize being on the spur vs. track at night time). The other (not Austin) pilot would be reversing in override mode, on the main track at the override limit of approx 15 mph, when he made contact with Austin's train. The blame most likely can be assigned by the answer to the following question: did the driver wait for monorail control to issue the statement that the track had switched, or did he forget to wait and made the assumption that it was complete?

    – KW Monorail (1995 CP)

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