NTSB says monorail pilot attempted to reverse his train before another struck and killed him

Posted Thursday, July 9, 2009 9:39 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Moments before another train traveling backward slammed into the front of his vehicle and killed him, Walt Disney World monorail pilot Austin Wuennenberg apparently attempted to avoid the collision by throwing his train into reverse, according to the federal agency investigating the crash. The report says the accident was likely caused by a combination of human errors.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009 11:46 PM
kpjb's avatar

A lot of good info there. So he knew what was coming, got his monorail stopped, but couldn't get it going in reverse fast enough. Sad.

If you read the other articles linked, you find out that Austin was a big coaster fan, as well.

Narine [his girlfriend] recalled his love of roller coasters, and the time they rode the Skycoaster. "One of our best dates ever," Narine said.

One day, the couple hoped to get a toy monorail and run the track around their home. And they would spend their years together, riding the world's highest and fastest roller coasters.


Friday, July 10, 2009 12:29 PM
Fun's avatar

According to this CNN article, three employees have been placed on paid leave:


Friday, July 10, 2009 12:59 PM

^ - the second pilot is understandable. I can't imagine he's having an easy go right now, and hopefully he comes to terms with what happened and that it wasn't his fault.

The other two however are probably headed for deep bantha poo-doo over this. Right now its part of the investigative process, which means, "We think you effed up, and before you screw something else up, we want you out of the way until we get it all figured out."


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