According to the Daily Disney, Walt Disney World denies being at fault in the death of a monorail driver who died after a collision at the theme park last summer, according to the documents that were filed recently at the Orange County court.
Lawyers for Christine Wuennenberg went after Disney for reckless conduct that led to the tragic July 5 crash that killed her 21-year-old son, Austin Wuennenberg, a monorail pilot at Disney. Wuennenberg filed the suit back in January.
Disney did acknowledge that prior to the collision, the monorail shop panel operator reported incorrectly that “a track switch had been realigned properly.” Disney also admitted that Wuennenberg was told to go in reverse.
According to reports, the track switch wasn’t realigned, which caused the train to go back down the Epcot line crashing into the monorail that Wuennenberg was driving.
The fatal crash happened around 2 in the morning when the first monorail tried to transfer from Epcot resort’s line “to a short spur” leading to a Magic Kingdom line and onto the system’s maintenance bay.
It was also reported that the Monorail coordinator was feeling ill and requested to leave early. The manager, who assumed the coordinator’s duties via radio, approved this request.
Disney is requesting a trial by jury.