Around 2 a.m. this morning (Sunday the 5th of July, 2009) A monorail at Walt Disney World crashed into a stationary monorail, killing the driver of one of the trains (the monorails involved were Pink and Purple). Eight other people were evaluated for injuries but no other serious injuries were reported.
Monorail service has been suspended pending an investigation.
Walt Disney World vice president of public affairs, Mike Griffin, has issued a statement saying: "Today, we mourn the loss of a fellow cast member. Our hearts go out to the family and fellow cast members who lost a coworker and a friend. Safety of our guests and cast members is our top priority. We will work with law enforcement to determine what happened," Griffin said in the statement.A Disney spokeswoman declined to discuss details of the accident."
Those with detailed knowledge of the Disney World Monorail safety systems, or those who have information regarding the accident are requested to post below.
Early morning discussion on MiceChat in the moments following the accident can be found HERE: Monorails Collide at WDW - One Killed
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HObhP2wnp98"]YouTube - Monorail Crash At Walt Disney World Kills One[/ame]
Updated information as of 7:45pm (PST) - Explanation from a former Monorail Pilot which seems to be the best compiled information regarding the crash:
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QBZ_S7iAHU"]YouTube - Disney World Monorail Crash Explained by Pilot[/ame]
Updated 6:25am July 6th - MiceAge Columnist Kevin Kee rounds up the news on what is known and makes some logical speculation on the accident on MiceAge: Monorail Crash Kills Driver