NTSB Issues Report on Fatal Disney Monorail Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on November 21, 2011

Sarasota personal injury lawyerFederal officials recently concluded their nearly three-year investigation into a tragic accident at Walt Disney World involving the theme park’s popular monorail system. The report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says the monorail crash that killed Walt Disney World employee Austin Wuennenberg was caused by the failure to follow safety protocols, including the failure to properly position a track switch.

In 2009, one of the monorails was traveling in reverse on the track and slammed into another one, killing 21-year-old Wuennenberg. The 14-page report cited two Disney employees as the primary cause. According to the report, at the time of the accident, the manager was at a restaurant, remotely filling in for a Disney monorail coordinator who had gone home sick.

Disney was also found to be at fault to some degree; the report says “Walt Disney World Resort’s lack of standard operating procedures leading to an unsafe practice when reversing trains,” which was determined to be a factor. The accident caused $24 million in property damage.

The report also made recommendations for the Walt Disney World to improve safety, including employee training.  Meanwhile, Wuennenberg’s mother has a filed a Florida wrongful death lawsuit against Disney.

For more information about the risk of a Florida amusement park accident, please see our previous post available here.

Source: Palm Beach Post

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