Seven people have been hospitalized after an amusement park train derailed in southern Missouri on Wednesday. Officials have confirmed this. Six guests and a staff member were among those taken to nearby hospitals in Silver Dollar City, a theme park in Branson near the Arkansas border.
Few details are known about the circumstances surrounding the accident, although the park said in a statement that the derailment occurred as one of its attractions, the Frisco Silver Dollar Line steam train, was completing its normal route.
“Silver Dollar City confirmed that early this evening, sections of the Frisco Silver Dollar Line steam train derailed,” Silver Dollar City wrote in the statement. Twitter, “Onsite paramedics provided emergency care until first responders arrived. Six guests and one employee have been taken by ambulance to nearby medical facilities.”
“At this time, we are wholeheartedly focused on providing support for guests and team members in partnership with Stone County first responders,” the statement continued. “Further updated information will be provided as it becomes available.”
Missouri Division of Fire Protection Confirmed That personnel from its Amusement Park Rides Unit reacted to the scene after the train derailed, and said that the cause of the accident was under investigation.
Gary Aldridge, a witness to the crash, shared a smartphone video of the aftermath with CBS affiliate KOLR. The footage shows a long stretch of Frisco line lying on its side, wheels up, next to the train tracks.