Solange Blain of Lake Buena Vista, Florida was killed in a crash with a Disney World shuttle bus on Friday, news sources report. Blain, 63, died at Celebration Hospital following the crash; two bus passengers, an infant and a teenager, sustained minor injuries and were treated at the same hospital. Bus driver David Lee Morales, along with the rest of the 36 bus passengers, was uninjured. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, there have been no charges or citations.
According to reports, Blain worked for one of Disney World’s hotels, though it was unclear which one. Following news of the crash, a Disney spokesperson released a statement, saying, “We are saddened by the loss of a fellow Cast Member in Friday’s tragic accident and offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. In addition, we are providing support to the passengers who were on the bus.”
Reports say the accident happened around 4:00 Friday afternoon on Epcot Center Drive around Overpass Road. Blain was westbound in the left lane ahead of the bus in her personal vehicle; the bus followed behind, sources say. For reasons that are currently unclear, Blain allegedly came to an abrupt stop in the road. It is still not clear whether she may have stopped to avoid hitting an animal or some other object in the road.
Morales, the bus driver, was unable to break in time, partially due to a slight hill in the road. The bus ended up rear-ending Blain’s vehicle, reports say. “As the bus kind of came over a crest, the bus driver was unable to stop and the front of the bus struck the rear end of the Buick,” a police spokesperson apparently said. “The back portion of the Buick is smashed up almost to the back of her seat. The crush damage is significant. This is a severe impact.”
The force of the impact sent Blain’s vehicle into the grassy median. Blain was taken to Celebration Hospital; sadly, she was pronounced dead of her injuries once there. A teenager and a baby aboard the bus sustained minor injuries and were also taken to Celebration Hospital; an update on their conditions was not immediately available at press time.
Collisions with buses are not as uncommon as it may seem. Earlier this month, a truck driver rear-ended a Fort Lauderdale bus, injuring himself and six bus passengers, sources report. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available following the incident. The seven victims were taken to Broward General Hospital for treatment. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors led to the accident. Thus far, there have been no charges.
Sources say the crash happened around 9:00 Tuesday morning near a bus stop at West Broward Boulevard and 27th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. A Broward County transit bus made a scheduled stop at the bus stop to pick up passengers. A truck tailing the bus, however, did not stop and allegedly rear-ended the transit bus.
“It was a loud boom,” a passenger aboard the bus reportedly said. “It jarred me so hard, it knocked me out of my seat.” The truck driver and six passengers were taken to the Broward General Hospital.
Source: 8.19.13 Disney Bus Crash.pdf