1 dead in crash involving Disney's Magical Express bus near Epcot

Epcot Center Drive shut down as investigation continues

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A 63-year-old woman died in a crash involving a Disney's Magical Express bus and another vehicle near Epcot on Friday afternoon, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP said Solange Blain, a Disney cast member, was in the process of slowing down in the left lane when it was struck from behind by the bus near Epcot Center Drive and Overpass Road in Orlando just after 3:30 p.m.

Disney officials said in a statement they were saddened "by the loss of a fellow cast member" and offered heartfelt condolences to her family.

At least two people from the bus were taken to Celebration Hospital. One of the victims was a teenager who may have suffered whiplash and a baby who was brought to the hospital as a precaution.

One woman on the bus said the bus had just picked up passengers from Orlando International Airport and was bringing them to Walt Disney World hotels to begin their vacation. The woman said her son was traumatized after the accident because they were forced to stay on the bus for two hours as FHP investigated the crash.

Epcot Center Drive was shut down in the area for hours during the investigation.

Disney's Magical Express is operated by Mears Transportation.

No other information on the crash was immediately available.

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