NTSB Now Investigating WDW Monorail Collision

Railfanning.org News Wire
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating the fatal Walt Disney World monorail collision.

At about 2 a.m. EDT on Sunday (July 5), two monorail trains collided killing the operator of one of the trains. One cast member was killed, but no resort guests were seriously injured.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is already investigating the fatal monorail collision.

The crash happened near the Ticket and Transportation Center. The cast member, a 21-year-old, was piloting a monorail that crashed into a second train, according to published reports. Authorities believe one of the monorails may have been backing up at the time of the crash, the driver perhaps thinking he was backing onto a spur track.

Disney said it is cooperating with the probe, according to published reports.

The monorails are not only an efficient means for traversing the Walt Disney World resort, they are among one of the most popular attractions. The system opened in 1971 and today has three lines. There are 12 monorail trains that operate over nearly 15 miles of track.