Walt Disney World was not the happiest place in the world for 15 guests of the amusement park after they were taken to the hospital after a bus crashed into the back of another bus in the Epcot Center’s auto plaza, according to the Reedy Creek Fire Department.
A total of 51 people was in the buses at the time of the accident Tuesday morning. The driver of the bus, 21-year-old Jacob Buettner, reportedly did not slow down as he approached the other bus stopped at the Epcot toll booth.
The 15 people taken to the hospital – which took nine ambulances – were said to have suffered only minor injuries. Many people on the bus were standing and at least one visitor to the park mused that the impact would have caused people on both buses to fall forward.
Photos of the accident scene show the bus that rear ended the other bus had a broken windshield.
A Disney representative told local media that the safety of guests and cast members is of the utmost importance to them and that they are “focused on the well-being of those involved.” Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
This is not the first bus accident at Disney. In March 2010, a Disney bus rear-ended a private charter bus near the entrance to the Epcot parking lot. Seven guests aboard the Disney bus suffered minor injuries. But the driver of that bus reportedly suffered critical injuries.