The crash occurred at about 10 in the morning, and there were 51 people on the buses at the time. Disney released a statement expressing that the safety of their guests and the cast members is their top concern.
One of the buses, driven by 21-year-old Jacob Buettner, rear-ended another bus. The front bus was stopped at the park’s toll booth and the second bus failed to slow down soon enough to avoid striking the front bus.
The collision caused minor injuries to 15 of the passengers on the rear bus. The people who suffered injuries were in the bus’s front rows. One witness said that there were a lot of people standing on the bus that he took and that he thought that might have been the reason that so many of the passengers sustained injuries.
There were 9 ambulances used to transport victims to the hospital.
Rear-end accidents are often the result of drivers simply failing to pay attention. When a driver takes their eyes off the road, it takes only an instant for a collision to occur. While many rear-end crashes are minor accidents that do not result in anything more than property damage, other rear-end collisions can be deadly. Each year an average of 17,000 people dies in these types of accidents. Fortunately, many vehicles now have the option of technology that can warn drivers when they are approaching another vehicle, and in some instances automatically apply the brakes. This technology has the potential of saving thousands of lives every year.
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