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Vigil Held for South Carolina Boy Killed in Amusement Park Crash

ABC News(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) -- A candlelight vigil was held in South Carolina Tuesday night to remember Benjamin Easler, the six-year-old boy who was killed in an accident at an amusement park a few days before.

Hundreds attended the memorial service in Spartanburg, including Rodney Morrison, one of the 18 people injured in the crash.

"I was only on the floor for like a minute or something," said Morrison, describing the accident.  "And I stood up and looked around and I saw people all over the place on the floor and stuff.  It was crazy."

On Saturday, Easler, Morrison and 26 other passengers -- ranging in age from three to 54 -- were aboard a children's train ride at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg when the train derailed and crashed.  Matt Conrad, the driver of the "Sparky" ride, later told police he had been driving too fast at the time of the accident.

Easler, who was visiting the amusement park with a group from Corinth Baptist Church, where his father is a pastor, was the only person killed.´╗┐

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Six-Year-Old Killed in Miniature Train Accident

Thinkstock Images/Comstock(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) -- A six-year-old boy is dead, and at least 25 other people were injured following an accident involving a train at a park in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Saturday.

Officials say the accident occurred around 1 p.m. at Cleveland Park. The miniature train reportedly derailed and overturned near a bridge, ejecting riders in the process. According to reports, the crash happened during the train’s first hour of operation. Following the accident, six-year-old Benjamin Samuel Easler, a passenger on the train, was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later died. Officials say at least 25 other people were taken to local hospitals for treatment to injuries sustained in the accident.

Officials say the train, which holds 30 passengers and has no seatbelts, was taken on test runs earlier in the day, and operators found no problems. On Sunday, investigators were still working to figure out what caused the accident.

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