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Boy killed when train ride overturns in S.C.

Associated Press / March 21, 2011

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A train ride at a park overturned, killing a 6-year-old boy and sending a dozen children and adults to the hospital, officials said yesterday.

Rusty Clevenger, the Spartanburg County coroner, said Benjamin Samuel Easler of Gaffney died Saturday. About 20 people were on the miniature train when it crashed at Cleveland Park.

Spartanburg Police spokesman Art Littlejohn said more than a dozen children and adults were taken to hospitals.

The county runs Cleveland Park. County Councilman David Britt said the train was inspected Wednesday and went on several test runs before Saturday, its first day of operation for the season. He told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that the train’s track, which collapsed in the crash, had been rebuilt a couple of years ago. The derailment is under investigation.

Connie LeGrand, a spokeswoman at Mary Black Hospital in Spartanburg, said yesterday that all seven patients treated there had been released. Chad Lawson of Spartanburg Regional Hospital said four of 19 patients treated there remained hospitalized.

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