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Wilson's Miniature Train Jumps Tracks, Injures 10

Posted June 20, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Ten people inWilsonare recovering from minor injuries after a miniature train jumped the tracks this weekend.

Wilson'sRecreation Centertrain, which is designed for children, can hold up to 32 people. However, the train is currently locked up in a building while the city investigates a derailment that sent 10 people, including adults and children, to the hospital.

"We are very, very sorry that a number of folks were injured, and we are certainly going to take measures to avoid such an occurrence again," said Ed Wyatt, Wilson's city manager.

The injuries were minor, but the crash was frightening. One person suffered a broken arm as three out of four cars left the track and hit a fence.

Investigators are trying to figure out why the train crashed in the first turn. One rider said that the train was going too fast, but city leaders say they are looking at a lot of possibilities.

"We certainly hope that we can reopen in the near future," Wyatt said, "but we will certainly have to ensure safety most of all."

City employees inspect the track and train every weekend before the first ride, and the state inspects the train once a year. City leaders say they have to know what caused the incident before making any policy changes.

"In terms of the suggestion that policies be changed, we've got to find out the cause of this before it is necessary to change any policies," Wyatt said.

All 10 people were treated and released fromWilson Memorial Hospital. City leaders have not decided who will pay for the hospital bills.