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Man killed in Disney World crash

Published 13/04/2015

A Lamborghini crashed at Walt Disney World in Florida, killing the passenger
A Lamborghini crashed at Walt Disney World in Florida, killing the passenger

A Lamborghini that was part of an exotic car racing attraction at Walt Disney World crashed, killing a passenger and injuring the driver.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Tavon Watson, 24, lost control of the vehicle on Sunday, killing Gary Terry, 36.

Police said Mr Watson failed to manoeuvre the high-powered vehicle through the Exotic Driving Experience course and the vehicle's passenger side struck a railing.

Mr Terry died at the scene and Mr Watson was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released.

The attraction lets race car fans be drivers or passengers in luxurious cars such as Lamborghinis, Porsches or Ferraris. For between 200 and 400 US dollars, customers can drive several laps with a professional driving instructor in the passenger seat. It is located south of the Magic Kingdom car parks.

A Disney spokeswoman declined to comment.

The track is operated by Petty Holdings, which has other Exotic Driving Experience attractions at speedways in Atlanta, Daytona Beach, New Jersey, Kansas, New Hampshire and Texas.

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

The Exotic Driving Experience, along with its sibling track, the Richard Petty Driving Experience, was slated to close this summer at Disney World for unrelated reasons.

The crash remains under investigation.

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