Over the weekend, yet another Disney bus was involved in a crash – the third within the past two weeks. On Saturday, April 3, a Disney bus driven by 81-year-old Frederick Cassens rear-ended an SUV stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of East Buena Vista Drive and World Drive. The force of the crash pushed the SUV into the back of a Disney van. Although there were 19 passengers on board the Disney bus, luckily no one was injured. The 81-year-old Disney bus driver was charged with careless driving in the accident.
Just 6 days ago on April 1st, 9-year-old Chase Brubaker, was tragically killed when a Disney bus ran over him while he was riding his bicycle in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. An investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol is ongoing. Another crash occurred on March 23, when a Disney bus rear-ended an empty tour bus for the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The crash sent 8 people, including the bus driver, to local hospitals. The driver of the Disney bus, Jean Valentin, was charged with careless driving.
As I previously blogged, Disney rides and transportation in Florida have so many protections and exemptions from laws that apply to others. Florida statutes specifically provide for the exemption of amusement parks who employ over 1,000 individuals from complying with any state mandated safety regulations or inspections. Perhaps it is time the state and federal government step in, before any more people get injured or killed.