Some people have heard about the fatal crash on the monorail system at Disney World early July 5th, some have not. 38 years running, and this is the first fatality on the monorail in the Disney World Resort. The full article explaining what they think went so horribly wrong at 2am that morning can be found here: http://www.mouseplanet.com/8896/WDW_Update_Special_Report_Walt_Disney_World_Monorails_crash_killing_one
From the cause of the crash – a switch failing to switch over when operators thought it had, it’s frightening that this could have happened to any of the pilots.
I’m thankful that JB was the one who told us about the crash, and that he wasn’t working during that time, rather than seeing the news and having to wonder. He says they were all receiving texts and phone calls during the day from friends and family asking if they were okay, and that all they could think about were the texts and calls going to Austin and his family that would never get the response of “don’t worry, it wasn’t me”. I know they’re all hurting. I’m very thankful it wasn’t my brother involved in the crash, but my heart goes out to JB and his friends, who lost a member of their monorail family, and to Austin’s family and friends.
JB is back driving the monorail now, and Austin’s funeral service is tomorrow (Wednesday, July 8th), that he and much of the monorail crew are going to attend. Hopefully new checks and security measures will help prevent a repeat of this tragic event.