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.
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