Boy killed by bus in Fort Wilderness campground at Walt Disney World

Posted Friday, April 2, 2010 1:31 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A Disney bus struck and killed a 9-year-old St. Petersburg boy Thursday afternoon while he was riding a bicycle with a friend in the Fort Wilderness campground at Walt Disney World, authorities said.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Friday, April 2, 2010 7:03 AM

This is really sad. It's been a bad year for Disney transportation.

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Friday, April 2, 2010 9:18 AM

Yep. A bed couple of years actually. Between the monorail disaster & thw two bus wrecks.

Even so, I'd still trust the Disney Transport drivers over MANY of the ones on the road today.

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Friday, April 2, 2010 11:06 AM

Very sad.

I wonder what the speed limit is there and if this could have been prevented. If I see a kid on a bike I slow down and use more caution. I don't care if he is on a sidewalk or not, you just never know what could happen.

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Friday, April 2, 2010 11:29 AM

I posted this story last night, but it mysteriously vanashed.

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Friday, April 2, 2010 1:17 PM

I've never been to Fort Wilderness, but I've been to other campgrounds and the combination of lots of kids on bikes and motor vehicles is just asking for trouble. Because its a camp ground, the kids use even less caution then normal when riding around. A place we stay at, near Geuaga Lake, had a serious accident last summer involving a kid on a bike and a car. Unless you limit the number of roads and create large auto-free zones, its a difficult situation.

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Friday, April 2, 2010 2:43 PM

crazy horse said:
I posted this story last night, but it mysteriously vanashed.

There is no mystery or conspiracy. It was a news item.

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Friday, April 2, 2010 3:19 PM

RPM said:
Unless you limit the number of roads and create large auto-free zones, its a difficult situation.

But the boys could still end up on a sidewalk where there are cars. That's where personal responsibility comes in. Do you drive 25mph next to the sidewalk or do you slow down and move away from the sidewalk?

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Friday, April 2, 2010 3:56 PM

Even slowing down and moving left a little bit (although the bus probably didn't have much room to move left) still is not going to help if the kid does ride out in front of the bus. Unless the bus brought it down to like 10, maybe 15 mph I don't see it helping...it's a bus.

EDIT: Ok so after going back and reading the article from WESH and with the one from above, it sounds like slowing down or moving over a bit would not have helped. The kid was on the sidewalk and just rode out and hit the SIDE of the bus at which point was pulled under by the back tire. For all we know the bus driver did slow down when he saw the kids on the sidewalk, but after you start passing them, there is not much to do when the kid hits the bus.

Not trying to start something or say you are wrong Eightdot, just pointing out that I really think there was little to do in this situation and that it is honestly an accident.

Last edited by 99er, Friday, April 2, 2010 4:12 PM
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Friday, April 2, 2010 7:32 PM

Very heartbreaking. My sympathies go to the family.

I don't put blame with anyone here. According to the details in the story, it was an accident.

I also feel really bad for the bus driver. Being responsible, even partially, for the death of a little kid has got to be a very heavy burden.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010 1:43 PM

When I read a headline that says "they killed my son," reading about a boy on a bike who runs into the side of a bus, gets run over and dies is pretty far down on the list of what I expected. I understand the family is grieving, but come on. The editors of the paper should know better, but I guess it sells more papers to let everyone think there is some kind of conspiracy at Disney to murder children.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010 2:06 PM

Well, it is the Sentinel.

But, I'd imagine that that's about what I would say, too---even though, given the facts as we know them now, there is no way that you could justify that conclusion. I'd be pretty irrational if my son (who happens to be 9) died in a similar accident, for sure.

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