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Monorail Crash Kills Disney Train Operator

Posted By Personal Injury Attorney || 9-Sep-2010

A 21-year-old operator of the monorail at Walt Disney World died recently when the monorail he was piloting crashed into another train. Reports say the accident happened at the Transportation and Ticket Center where Disney patrons catch the monorail to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and several Disney hotels.

The operator, reported as Austin Wuennenberg, 21, of Kissimmee, was pronounced dead at the scene. Six patrons were also evaluated at the scene and released.  

The two trains crashed on one of the last runs of the night, but the exact cause was still unknown.

The crash happened as monorails were still carrying park guests out of the Fourth of July celebration. But some reports say that one train broke down just after leaving the station and was backing up or was about to switch tracks when it crashed into another train that had stopped at the Transportation and Ticket Center.

Reports also say that safety tests are performed daily to ensure that the systems are working properly. The monorail transports approximately 150,000 guests a day.

Workers in machinery and transportation systems know there are risks on the job. But adding to those risks by individual negligence or under-training employees increases the on-the-job danger tremendously. If you or someone you love has been injured on the job or in a transportation-related accident, The Doan Law Firm, P.C., led by Houston Personal Injury attorney Jimmy Doan, has extensive experience in both auto injury or wrongful death as well as worker's compensation and employee litigation. Contact The Doan Law Firm, P.C. today.

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After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.

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