Deadly Car Accident Shuts Down Disney World Highway

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Late last night, a man was struck and killed by a vehicle on the I-4 in Orlando, Florida, just outside of Walt Disney World Resort.

Storm rolling in over Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom
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Walt Disney World Resort is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world. Home to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, the Central Florida resort has enchanted guests with lands like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land, as well as attractions like Space Mountain, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and the Cinderella Castle.

Needless to say, Walt Disney World is still the theme park that all other theme parks are judged by, even other Disney Parks. The resort is meant to inspire magic, joy, and happiness for everyone who even comes near it. Unfortunately, the tone around Disney World Park shifted when a tragic accident took place on the nearby Interstate leading up to the park.

Man Killed Walking Across Disney World Freeway

I-4 in Florida during the 70s
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Early in the morning on Tuesday, September 26, all westbound traffic was stopped on Interstate 4 near Disney World after a 62-year-old man was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

The man was attempting to cross the highway at around 1:30 a.m. when he was hit by a big rig traveling west. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. State Troopers are still unsure why he was trying to cross the highway.

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man driving the semi-truck, a 52-year-old man from St. Cloud, was not injured and remained at the scene.

No other information regarding the fatal accident has been reported, and an investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol is still underway. The lanes were opened again between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

Commenters Had Plenty of Ideas Over What Happened

Traffic on Interstate 4 in Florida
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Naturally, commenters have been speculating what could have caused the incident. Some speculated that the man simply wandered away drunk from one of the nearby bars. Another person used the typical “Florida Man” stereotype, suggesting that this is just a byproduct of being from Orlando, Florida.

However, others felt there was another culprit: the driver. One person even suggested that the driver was likely on their cell phone. Others swiftly jumped to the driver’s defense, saying not only was that type of speculation not helpful, but Commercial Driver’s License holders have their status revoked if they’re even seen with any electronic device in their hand.

Hopefully, the driver is doing alright after such a traumatic incident.

Do you believe this kind of speculation is acceptable? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below.

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