Sunday, April 12, 2015

1 Dead In Accident At Disney World's Richard Petty Driving Experience Attraction

A man was killed in a car accident at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World in Florida on Sunday, according to police.

The 36-year-old passenger, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver was taken to nearby Celebration Hospital with minor injuries, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience offers rides in NASCAR race cars as well as exotic automobiles at speeds of up to 120 mph. In lower-priced packages, the guest is driven by an employee. For higher fees, the guest can take the wheel after instruction by the employee, who then sits in the passenger seat.

In Sunday's accident, police say the driver lost control of a Lamborghini and struck a guard rail, WFTV reported. It's not yet clear who was in the driver's seat and who was in the passenger's seat. However, the deceased was identified as a resident of Davenport, Florida, about 25 miles away from Disney World.

"We offer our deepest sympathy to those involved in today's tragic accident," a Walt Disney World spokesperson said in a statement to

The Richard Petty Driving Experience is located near the Magic Kingdom and just outside of the Disney Transportation and Ticket Center, where guests can board the monorail or ferry boat to the theme park. While on Disney property, the attraction is operated by Petty Holdings LLC, a company named for the 77-year-old racing legend Richard Petty.

"On behalf of everyone in the organization, it is with a very heavy heart that we extend our deepest sympathies to those involved in today's tragic accident in Orlando," Petty Holdings said in a statement cited by AP.

The company operates a number of similar tracks around the country. The one at Disney World is scheduled to close this summer.

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