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Lawsuit against Disney in fatal monorail crash apparently settled

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    From the Orlando Sentinel....

    A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of a Walt Disney World monorail worker killed in 2009 while he was on the job has been voluntarily dismissed, according to court records.

    Part of the court record is now sealed, but an electronic records shows the case was "dismissed pursuant to settlement after hearing."

    Austin Wuennenberg, a 21-year-old Disney monorail pilot, was killed July 5, 2009, when two monorails collided. His mother, Christine Wuennenberg, filed suit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts early last year.

    Later in the year, Christine Wuennenberg, filed court documents accusing her son's former boss of "flippantly" vacating his duty, creating a dangerous situation that "was virtually certain to result in injury or death."

    The crash occurred about 2 a.m. near the end of a workday. A monorail train was backing along a track switch that was supposed to re-align but didn't, switching the monorail from the resort's Epcot line to a short spur leading to a Magic Kingdom line.

    The switch never re-aligned, so the train wound up driving in reverse, smashing into a second train piloted by Austin Wuennenberg.

    Disney has since said that the monorail pilot was told to go in reverse and that, before the collision, there was an incorrect report that the track switch had been aligned properly.
     

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