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Disney Bus Kills 9-Year-Old Boy

Tragedy struck on Walt Disney World property when a 9-year-old boy found himself and his bicycle pulled under the right rear tire of a Disney Transport bus at the Fort Wilderness Resort, April 1, 2010. Despite wearing a helmet, the boy lost his life. According to a report by MSNBC, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said there was no evidence that the bus driver was impaired or driving recklessly and criminal charges are not expected, though a thorough investigation will be conducted.

In recent months, Disney theme parks reported several transportation incidents, including a Walt Disney World bus rear-ending a charter bus near the entrance of Epcot (seven passenger injuries), two buses colliding at Walt Disney World (twelve passenger injuries), and a collision crash of two monorails, resulting in the death of one of the operators. These incidents show a potential for increase in annual transportation crashes at Disney: In a one-year period during 2004-2005, there were four deaths and 19 injuries reported by Disney at its Florida theme parks, most but not all due to bus and transportation crashes. Disney has only been required to report incidents at its parks to state inspectors since 2001.

The amusement and entertainment giant paid $35,200 in fines imposed by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and is facing a wrongful death lawsuit for the death of its monorail operator.