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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