Here is some more information with regard to that terrible bus accident last week at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground.
Thursday at 1:35 p.m., 9-year-old Chase Brubaker and a friend were riding their bikes to an arcade on the Fort Wilderness Campground when, according to reports, the boy fell into the side of the bus, causing the bus to pull him under and run him over with the rear tire. He suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The friend that was riding with him was ahead of him and apparently did not see the accident occur. The family is reportedly blaming Disney for the death, but preliminary findings by investigators show that the bus did not hit the boy, but it seems that the boy hit the bus. Whether he ran into the bus with his bike or lost his balance and fell into it, it is hard to say.
David Rich, the driver of the Disney bus, has been in Disney Transportation for over 30 years. Disney has read the reviews thus far and has determined that their safety procedures are still working fine and has no plans of changing them.
Here is a statement given by Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday about the accident:
“This afternoon, we experienced a tragic accident on our property.
We are deeply saddened by what happened and are doing everything we can to provide resources and support to the family. The circumstances of the accident are under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol and we are working closely with them to gather the facts.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, and all of our Cast Members join me in extending our deepest sympathies.” (Courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog)
The following is a list, compiled by the Orlando Sentinel, of deaths and accidents at Walt Disney World:
Aug. 22, 1989: A 29-year-old jogger was seriously injured on Walt Disney World property when he ran in front of a truck.
Feb. 8, 1990: A worker was killed at Disney Hollywood Studios when he fell 33 feet to his death from a scaffold while working on an air-conditioning duct.
Feb. 8, 1990: In an unrelated accident, three tourists were injured when three sets of cars in the Space Mountain roller coaster at Walt Disney World’s Disney World Magic Kingdom abruptly stopped because the computer detected a faulty wheel and automatically halted the system.
Feb. 6, 1990: Five tourists suffered minor injuries when pieces of molding fell from the ceiling of the Haunted Mansion attraction at Walt Disney World’s Disney World Magic Kingdom.
Aug. 18, 1994: A 6-year-old girl was badly injured when she became pinned between a boat and boarding dock at the It’s a Small World ride at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The girl suffered collapsed lungs, a broken rib and a broken arm.
Dec. 31, 1999: Six people were burned when fireworks at Disney World’s New Year’s Eve festivities exploded near them.
June 13, 2005: A 4-year-old boy died of a heart attack after riding the Mission: Space ride at Epcot.
April 11, 2006: A 49-year-old woman became ill after riding Mission: Space at Walt Disney World’s Epcot. She was taken to a nearby hospital and died the next day.
Dec. 18, 2007: A 44-year-old man visiting Walt Disney World died after apparently suffering a heart attack on the Expedition Everest roller coaster in Animal Kingdom. No heart defibrillators were immediately available in the area.
July 5, 2009: A 21-year-old monorail driver was killed when his train crashed into another monorail because of a track change malfunction. This was the first fatal accident involving a monorail in the resort’s 38-year history.
Aug. 6, 2009: A 47-year-old Disney performer was injured during Captain Jack’s Pirate Tutorial show at Disney World. He succumbed to his injuries and died a few days later.
Aug. 17, 2009: A stuntman at Disney’s Hollywood Studios died after suffering a head injury while practicing a tumbling roll during a rehearsal for the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular show.
Oct. 31, 2009: A 4-year-old girl was injured at Disney’s Fort Wilderness resort when a golf cart she was riding in overturned.
March 14, 2010: A Walt Disney World employee broke his leg after he was struck by a guest driving a car at the Tomorrowland Speedway in the Magic Kingdom.
March 23, 2010: Eight people were injured, one seriously, because of a crash between a Disney bus and Waldorf-Astoria bus near Epcot.
April 1, 2010: A 10-year-old boy was hit and killed by a bus while riding his bike at Disney’s Fort Wilderness.
The number of incidents in recent years has caused many to wonder about is going on at the beloved vacation spot. Is it safe? If you look at the incidents in detail, you will notice that many are were accidents and nothing more.
Yes, Disney is still very safe and will continue to be.
I travel there in full confidence that they will do everything in their power to allow me to have an enjoyable and safe vacation.
Contributed by: Jessica C. (NDI#21). Jessica is our resident “Gossip Girl” and creator of The True Disney Fan Blog.