A Disney World monorail driver was killed after colliding with another train at the Orlando, Fla., park, local TV station Web site CFNews13.com reported.
The driver  died early Sunday when he rear-ended another train at about 2 a.m. EDT.
The operator of the other monorail train was taken to the hospital, but was uninjured, according to a statement from the Reedy Creek Fire Department.
The first driver, who was not identified, had to be cut out of his cab and was pronounced dead at the scene, CFNews13.com reported.
Two employees and five guests on both trains were not injured.
Witnesses said the crash took place on the EPCOT track near the Disney World parking lot as people were leaving the park following a Fourth of July fireworks show.
"Today, we mourn the loss of our fellow cast member. Our hearts go out to his family and to those who have lost a friend and co-worker," Mike Griffin, Disney World's vice president of public affairs, said in a statement.
"The safety of our guests and cast members is always our top priority. The monorail is out of service as we continue to work closely with law enforcement to determine what happened and the appropriate next steps," Griffin said.
It was the first fatal accident in the Disney World monorail's 38-year history, according to CFNews13.com,.

Statement from Disney

Mike Griffin, vice president of public affairs at Walt Disney World, issued the following statement Sunday following the wreck:
“Today, we mourn the loss of our fellow cast member. Our hearts go out to his family and those who have lost a friend and coworker. The safety of our guests and cast members is always our top priority. The monorail is out of service and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement to determine what happened and the appropriate next steps.”
Disney’s theme parked reopened as scheduled at 9 a.m. Sunday, but park officials told News 13 the entire monorail system will remain out of service until further notice as investigation and cleanup continues.
Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told News 13 they are assisting in the crash investigation.
filed under: ,
Copyright © 2005 Sports Avenue Online