A wrongful death lawsuit, filed by the mother of a Walt Disney World monorail worker who was killed in 2009 while he was on the job, has been settled. The settlement is confidential and part of the court record is now sealed. Austin Wuennenberg, a 21-year-old Disney monorail pilot, was killed on July 5, 2009, when two monorails collided. His mother, Christine Wuennenberg, filed suit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in early 2010.
The crash occurred after midnight near the end of a workday. A monorail train was backing along a track switch that was supposed to re-align but didn’t, switching the monorail from the resort’s Epcot line to a short spur leading to a Magic Kingdom line. Since the switch never re-aligned, the train wound up driving in reverse, smashing into a second train piloted by the decedent. Disney has since said that the monorail pilot was told to go in reverse and that, before the collision, there was an incorrect report that the track switch had been aligned properly.
Source: Orlando Sentinel
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