Saturday 20 December 2014

Miniature train with more than 100 people on board overturns at safari park

Published 20/08/2014 | 19:28

Longleat Adventure Park in Wiltshire.

One person has been taken to hospital after a miniature train with more than 100 people on board overturned at a safari park.

Two carriages came off the track as the train, which was carrying 155 passengers, was coming into the main square at Longleat Adventure Park in Wiltshire.

The train's rear carriage went on to its side and the other remained upright, leaving the other carriages on the track.

"At approximately 3.40pm today there was an incident involving the miniature train at Longleat where two carriages came off the track as the train was coasting into the station," a spokesman for Longleat said.

"One carriage went on to its side and the other remained upright, the other carriages stayed on the track.

"Staff immediately instigated the emergency procedure to safely evacuate all passengers from the train and the emergency services were notified.

"Staff are currently undertaking a thorough investigation into what caused the incident and the railway will remain closed during this time."

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said that a woman was taken to hospital with what was believed to be leg fractures.

Five other passengers were described as "walking wounded" and were treated at the scene.

"Now confirmed only one person taken to hospital following the Longleat incident earlier," a spokesman said.

"Handful of walking wounded. Firefighters been helping with first aid but train made safe before we got there. Happily no-one trapped."

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