Disney denies fault in WDW monorail pilot death

Posted Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6:08 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Walt Disney World is admitting no fault in the death of a monorail driver during a collision at the theme park last summer, according to documents filed in Orange County court. Lawyers for Christine Wuennenberg have accused Disney of reckless conduct leading to the July 5 crash that killed her son, 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg, a Disney monorail pilot. The suit was filed in January.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 8:22 AM

I'm a little surprised they want to take this one to court. From what I've read it seems to me that Disney knew that procedures were not being followed in regards to reversing trains. To ignore the danger seems just as bad as to be responsible for the danger.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 8:59 AM

I'm a little surprised as well---but this could just be pre-settlement maneuvering.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 3:37 PM
Jeff's avatar

Yeah, this may still not see trial, but I suppose there are certain things you have to do up front, like say, "We're not at fault."

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 5:47 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

I agree. I would imagine if Disney came out and admitted fault right away that would pretty much eliminate the family's incentive to entertain settlement offers.

Perhaps it may also eliminate Disney's ability to draw from insurance for the incident? I have no idea; just taking a wild guess.

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:28 PM

What the article somewhat mentions but failed to explain was that the Monorail manager who was in charge and gave authorization was at a restaurant MILES away from the Resort or the TTC. Disney is without a doubt at fault regarding this accident.


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