Lawyers for Walt Disney world have revealed new details into the monorail crash last July that killed a train operator.
Disney’s lawyers say an employee inside the monorail maintenance shop reported that a track switch had been flipped when it had not.
The pilot of one monorail was given the OK to back up onto a different beam. That put the monorail in the path of another.
The collision killed 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg. His mother has filed a wrongful death suit against Disney.
The documents released by the company also state that the on-site monorail coordinator went home sick shortly before the crash. Another manager took over the coordinator’s duties, but he was radioing in instructions from outside the park.
Disney has requested a jury trial. Its documents did not admit any fault in the crash. The company has changed some of its monorail procedures since the fatality.
The National Transportation Safety Board hasn’t released its final report yet. OSHA fined Disney $35,000 in connection with the incident.