The first death ever on Disney’s Monorail

Disney World is often called the happiest place on earth, but after the fatal collision of two monorails this weekend it got a little sadder.

On Sunday morning near the Magic Kingdom area of the park two monorails reportedly collided head-on. Austin Wuennenberg, the operator of one of the monorails, died, while a few others were injured in the Disney monorail accident.

The monorail system has been running year round for 38 years and typically carries 150,000 people every day. It’s the first monorail death at Disney World, and the first on a ride or rail since 2004, when a visitor was killed on the Big Thunder Mountain Roller Coaster.

Investigators are still trying to figure out why the Disney monorail accident occurred in the first place

“Today, we mourn the loss of our fellow cast member,” said Mike Griffin, Walt Disney World vice president of public affairs said in a released statement.

Griffin: “Our hearts go out to his family and to those who have lost a friend and co-worker. The safety of our guests and cast members is always our top priority. The monorail is out of service and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement to determine what happened and the approximate next steps.”

Comparisons are being made to the DC train crashes a couple weeks ago, suggesting a major overhaul of long-running rail systems is needed.

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