Kiddie Train Accident Kills 6-year-old Boy

Posted on Mar 24, 2011
The investigation into what caused the accident of a kiddie train in Cleveland Park in Spartanburg, S.C. has revealed some disturbing information. The Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations has stated that one of the the agency's inspectors falsified an inspection report on the train that wrecked. Chief of the LLR, Catherine Templeton has stated that the inspection of the train could not have been completed, as the report stated, because the battery on the train was dead. It could not have been tested for everything, including the speed of the train. The inspector who falsified the report, Donnie Carrigan, has since been fired.

Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt said the ride had been given several test runs before Saturday's deadly crash. The train ran off the track going around a curve, causing the cars to overturn and dump passengers into a rocky creek bed. Investigators have yet to determine what caused the train to derail.

As of Wednesday, March 23, 4 children remain in the hospital recovering from injuries. The children suffered broken bones, lacerations, and head injuries. Those that were part of the accident and others who witnessed it said the scene was horrifying. Some were trapped, while others had very bad head wounds, bumps, scrapes, and bruises. One man who rushed to help said "I just wish I could have done more."

Spartanburg Public Safety is still investigating and has also called on the South Carolina Highway Patrol to assist in the reconstruction of the accident.

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