A Walt Disney World employee was fatally injured recently in an auto accident that involved a Disney World bus. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers report that the accident occurred around 3:25 p.m. when the employee, a 63-year-old woman, stopped her 1996 Buick in the left lane of Epcot Center Drive and was rear-ended by Disney’s Magical Express bus. The bus had picked up tourists from Orlando International Airport and was en route to various Disney resorts when the accident occurred. FHP accident investigators report that the driver of the westbound bus applied the brakes when he saw the Buick stop in front of him but was unable to avoid striking it.
Around three dozen tourists were on board the bus, which is operated by Mears Transportation Group, at the time of the accident. Two of the passengers were taken to Florida Hospital Celebration Health (FHCH) to receive treatment for minor injuries. The 33-year-old driver declined medical treatment, as well as the rest of the passengers. The driver of the Buick was pronounced dead from her injuries at FHCH. A Disney spokesperson told troopers that the victim was a cast member in a production in one of the company’s resorts.
Troopers say that the accident occurred at Overpass Road near the Epcot theme park. They are interviewing passengers who were on the bus when the accident occurred, as well as other motorists who witnessed the accident. They are also looking into whether or not the Buick was experiencing mechanical problems that may have contributed to the accident. FHP Spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes told reporters that the accident occurred near a rise in the road, and investigators are also looking into whether line-of-sight issues contributed to the accident.
This tragic accident illustrates the complexity of many auto accidents and why it is a very good idea to have an experienced Orlando auto accident lawyer by your side if you are injured in an accident. FHP troopers will determine the causes of the accident and to what extent each contributed to this unfortunate incident. Mechanical failure, following too closely, poor road design and construction, negligence and other factors may all have led to this accident. An Orlando personal injury attorney such as James O. Cunningham can help accident victims better understand these factors and make informed decisions about which course of legal action will be best for them and their families. If you have been injured in an accident and would like to speak with Mr. Cunningham, call him today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) to schedule a free consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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