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Zoo train derailment injures 22

TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A small train carrying visitors to the Louisville Zoo fell off the tracks Monday, sending 22 people to hospitals, including one child who was critically injured, officials said.

The train of open-air cars is pulled by a small engine and circles the zoo along a two-mile track. It was carrying about 30 passengers when three cars and the engine fell off the rails near the gorilla exhibit. A person briefly trapped was able to be freed, zoo spokeswoman Kara Bussabarger said.

Seventeen children were taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital for treatment, including one in critical condition and another in serious condition, said spokesman Brian Rublein. Five adults were taken to University of Louisville Hospital, and spokesman David McArthur said all were in fair or better condition and that one might be admitted.

Dr. Neal Richmond, CEO and medical director of Louisville Metro EMS, said one adult had a possible head injury and was “a little confused initially” but was communicating and walking.

Those injured were from 2 months old to senior citizens, he said.

Rublein said besides the two children admitted to Kosair, three others were still being evaluated, with the rest treated and released.

Bussabarger said three Kentucky Department of Agriculture ride inspectors are investigating. The cause was not yet known, Bussabarger said.


 

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