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Sunday
Mar202011

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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