SC children's ride inspected days before crash

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - County officials say a miniature train was in its first day of operation for the season when it overturned, killing a 6-year-old boy and sending dozens of children and parents to the hospital.

Hospital spokeswoman Connie LeGrand said Sunday that all seven patients treated at Mary Black Memorial Hospital had been released. A phone message left for a nursing supervisor at Spartanburg Memorial Hospital was not returned.

The website for Corinth Baptist Church in Gaffney says its Pastor Dwight Easler remained in the hospital along with his pregnant wife, Tabitha. Their son Benji died in the crash and their other sons were injured.

Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt says the ride at the county-owned park was inspected by state officials Wednesday and had several test runs before Saturday's crash.


Information from: Herald-Journal,

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