Orlando local media is reporting on a Massachusetts guest who died yesterday evening at the Orlando Regional Medical Center after being struck by a bus at Disney’s Port Orleans.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Robert Krueger, 69, was walking through a parking lot and into the path of the bus which was carrying guests at the time. No other injuries have been reported.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson, the case will be investigated but charges against the bus driver are unlikely as the victim was not in a crosswalk and the bus had the right of way at the time.
Walt Disney Resort President Meg Crofton issued the following brief statement: “We offer our deepest condolences to the guests’ family and loved ones,” the statement reads. “We are doing all we can for them during this difficult time.”
Not too many details are currently available but WESH indicates that the accident occurred at Fort Wilderness Trail and Big Pine Trail.
WESH and the Orlando Sentinel are reporting that a Disney Bus rear-ended a Mears Transportation near the Epcot Toll Plaza earlier today at approximately 2:30 pm ET, injuring eight with the driver of the Disney Bus having been airlifted to the hospital in a ‘very serious condition.’ There were 20 guests in all aboard the Disney Bus with only the driver aboard the Mears bus.
UPDATED at 3:35 pm
WESH is reporting that two Disney Transportation buses collided this afternoon near the Contemporary Resort. They report eight to fourteen guests have been sent to Celebration Health for treatment but that all injuries appear to be minor. You can read their coverage here.
Also tweeting live from the scene was Disney Moms Panelist Erin Foster.
NTSB Releases Factual Information on its Investigation of the Monorail Collision at Walt Disney World
The National Transportation Safety Board has developed the following factual information from its investigation of the collision of two trains on the monorail system at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, that occurred early Sunday morning:
At about 2 a.m. on July 5th, a Walt Disney World monorail train, designated the Pink train, backed into another monorail train, designated the Purple train, near the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) monorail station. The operator of the Purple train was fatally injured; the six passengers on that train were treated at the scene. The operator of the Pink train, who was transported to the hospital, treated and released, was the only one aboard that train at the time of the collision.
Prior to the accident, the Pink train had been instructed to detrain all passengers at the TTC station and then to operate without passengers past the station and a switch to a point where the train could be backed through the track switch from the Epcot loop over to the Magic Kingdom loop. The operator of the Pink train moved the train past the track switch and stopped.
The Pink train was then instructed to back through the track switch, towards the Magic Kingdom loop. At about the same time, the Purple train, which was inbound to the TTC station, was instructed to stop at the station to detrain passengers. For undetermined reasons that are currently under investigaton, the switch had not changed position needed to allow the Pink train to be routed to the Magic Kingdom loop, which resulted in the Pink train backing down the same track it had just come from, putting it on a collision course with the Purple train. The Pink train passed through the TTC station and struck the Purple train while it was outside the station.
There are indications that the operator of the Purple train had brought the train to a stop and had attempted to put the train in reverse prior to the collision. To this point in the investigation, no anomalies or malfunctions have been found with the automatic train stop system or with any mechanical components of the switch or with either of the trains.
The on-scene phase of the investigation is expected to continue for several days.
The parties to the investigation are Walt Disney World, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Orange County Sherriff’s Office, and the Transportation and Communications International Union.
WKMG, Channel 6 in Orlando, is reporting that at around 2 am Sunday morning, a monorail (reported as Pink) collided into Monorail Purple which was not moving at the time at the Ticket and Transportation Center, killing the driver on impact. No other injuries have been reported and no further details are currently available.
Update: The incident happened on the Epcot track according to reports; monorail service to Epcot has been suspended on July 5 pending an investigation. Presumably bus service will be offered in lieu of monorail service to Epcot where applicable.
According to reports, the drivers of two vehicles collided head-on early Sunday morning around 2 am when a man was driving in the wrong lane along Epcot Center Drive. As a result, both cars caught fire with their drivers trapped inside. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.
News4Jax.com is reporting on an vehicular accident that took place on Walt Disney World property on Sunday afternoon. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a driver ended up swerving off the road into the path of an oncoming tour bus, killing the driver and sending three passengers on the bus for treatment for minor injuries.. The accident occurred between the Wilderness Lodge and the Contemporary Resort. Read the original article here.
UPDATE: Additional reports have confirmed the driver to be 47 year old Teresa Scarborough of Clermont, Florida and the number of persons treated for injuries is two. One report notes the bus was ‘parked’ while another indicates Scarborough lost control of the car and crossed into the lane of the oncoming traffic, according to the FHP.