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NTSB: Operator error in monorail crash

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The National Transportation Safety Board issued a report Monday saying operator error is to blame for a fatal monorail crash in 2009 at Walt Disney World.

The crash occurred July 5, 2009, when a pink monorail backed through an improperly aligned switch-beam and crashed into purple monorail on the same line at the Florida theme park, the investigation concluded.

The driver of the purple monorail was fatally injured and the six passengers on board were uninjured. The driver of the pink monorail was the only person on board the pink monorail and received non-life threatening injuries.

The NTSB determined the collision occurred when a shop panel operator failed to position the switch-beam properly and the central coordinator failed to verify its position before allowing the pink monorail to move in reverse.

The reported said officials at Walt Disney World have taken steps to resolve problems the NTSB found.

"These actions have included revising operating procedures for monorail drivers and guidelines for monorail central coordinators; providing additional training for monorail employees; updating monitoring system software; installing additional direct-feed video cameras; and planned reconfiguring of the monorail braking system," the report said.

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