Welcome to Theme Park Insider! Join the community or log in
Theme Park Insider
Facebook Twitter YouTube Email Newsletter

Another bus incident at Walt Disney World

Written by
Published: April 1, 2010 at 12:52 PM

A 10 9-year-old boy was hit and killed by a Walt Disney World bus this afternoon at the Fort Wilderness Lodge. The boy was riding a bike and wearing a helmet. This is the third incident this year involving a Walt Disney World bus, and the fourth incident involved in the Walt Disney World Transportation system.

Update: From the Sentinel - The boy was 9, and from St. Petersburg. He was riding with a girl, 11, who was not hurt. "The boy apparently crossed into the road and struck the side of the bus. He was pulled under the vehicle and run over by the right rear tire," the Sentinel report said.

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on April 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM
Weird!
From Brandon Mendoza on April 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM
While I do hate hearing of news like this, it gives everyone a perspective on what can still happen no matter where you are. Sad to hear this kind of stuff.
From 68.3.180.91 on April 1, 2010 at 1:25 PM
WOW,
there are just no words
From Amanda Jenkins on April 1, 2010 at 1:39 PM
How tragic for this family. I can't help but wonder though why this child was riding where the buses drive. My heart goes out to the family and the bus driver.
From 99.39.110.212 on April 1, 2010 at 1:56 PM
Well I know Disney is generally good about safety, it might be a could time for management to sit down and come up with someways to help prevent some of this from happening. They are defiantly gonna have to come up with a fix.....My hearts go out to the family of the boy and to all those on the bus that had to experience this.
From Sylvain Comeau on April 1, 2010 at 2:17 PM
This is tragic, but you can't blame WDW for this. If a child is at the wrong place at the wrong time, unfortunately accidents can happen. Most likely the driver never saw him coming.
From Tyler Stover on April 1, 2010 at 3:54 PM
Given how many miles those buses must drive in a year, I'm almost impressed so few accidents have happened. However, the ones that have seem to have happened pretty close together.

If the kid did ride into the side of the bus, then this probably wasn't the fault of Disney or the bus driver. Unfortunately, that probably won't stop the lawyers and OSHA people.

A similar incident happened at my University. A student was riding her bike on the sidewalk, swerved out into the street without looking, right into a university trolley transporting students. Of course, her parents sued (why should their precious daughter be responsible for looking where she was going?) and the city had to rip up the street, double the width of the sidewalk, mark off special bike paths, and reduced the street to one lane on the side of the expanded sidewalk.

From TH Creative on April 2, 2010 at 4:59 PM
Mr. Stover, not sure why OSHA would be involved. Not an worker related fatality.

Sometimes it is important to understand that WDW is not an amusement park. It is a city.

This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.

Previous article: 2010 Best Themed Ride in America: Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean vs. Disneyland's Haunted Mansion



Enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Insider's Pick: There's only one place in America to where you can enter the world of Harry Potter: the Universal Orlando Resort. With Universal Orlando 2014: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure, you'll learn everything you need to know to save money and time while enjoying Harry Potter and all the other world-class attractions at Universal Orlando.

Get it! In paperback | For Kindle | For iBooks