Florida woman killed in Disney bus accident

On Aug. 16th, under clear skies, a bus transporting tourists from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World ran into the back of a Buick driven by a 63-year-old woman who worked at Disney in what turned out to be a fatal car accident. For unknown reasons, the woman who was hit had brought her car to a stop in the left lane of Epcot Center Drive at Overpass Road near Epcot theme park at about 3:25 pm. The bus, traveling behind the Buick, was not able to stop in time to avoid the collision, even though the bus driver is said to have hit the brakes as soon as he saw the stopped car ahead of him.

At the time of the accident, the bus, which is known as Disney’s Magical Express Bus, was transporting approximately 36 people. Two of the passengers suffered minor injuries in the accident and were taken to Florida Hospital Celebration Health. While the bus driver was not hurt, the driver of the Buick died at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. She had worked as a cast member at one of the Disney resorts.

The bus driver may not have seen the stopped car until it was too light due to a crest in the road near where the accident occurred. Witnesses stated that the bus driver did apply his brakes but that the bus did not stop in time. Police continue to investigate the cause of the accident.

Where a family member has died in a fatal car accident, it is important to determine whether the other driver was at fault, and if so, whether the family members have a claim for damages against that driver. By hiring a car accident lawyer, they might be better able to determine fault for the accident with the help of a car accident reconstruction expert. In addition, the family may need a lawyer’s help to calculate a reasonable sum to compensate them for their financial and emotional loss as a result of the accident.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Disney employee killed, 2 hurt when Disney bus rear-ends car near Epcot“, Susan Jacobson, August 17, 2013

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