As summer approaches, our personal injury lawyers in Spartanburg, Anderson and Greenville want to remind you of the risks for personal injury that can occur at amusement parks. Entertainment facilities have an obligation to their guests to make the parks safe from Washington Post.
A youth group from a Baptist church in Gaffney headed to the Cleveland Park for some opening day fun. One of the first activities the group wanted to do was take a miniature train ride. Sixteen of the almost 30 passengers on the train were from the church group. Witnesses reported that on the third lap of the trip the train appeared to have sped up and as it went over a bridge suddenly derailed. It was reported that nearly everyone on board sustained injuries but 15 children and 2 adults were injured badly enough to require a trip to the hospital.
The 6 year-old that was killed in the crash was the son of the pastor of the church. The victim’s two older brothers were also injured, including broken bones and wounds requiring surgery. The pastor and his wife experienced minor injuries from the train accident.
The engineer of the nearly 60-year-old train has made many conflicting statements since the crash. He had initially told police that he was going too fast. Next he felt the cause of the crash was a mechanical error and blamed the park for not maintaining the tracks.
A spokeswoman for Spartanburg County parks disputes the statement from the engineer. She said the railroad tracks receive regular safety inspections and the train was out of commission last year for refurbishment by the engineer.
Needless to say, a lawsuit has been filed against South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Spartanburg County, and its parks commission for negligence in the accident.
The lawsuit contends that employees of the park should have told the train passengers of the risk involved with the ride. Safety of the train should have been determined by state officials prior to its operation.
An inspector was fired by state officials for submitting a false inspection report. It was learned that the day of the inspection the train’s battery was dead, so the ride could not be tested, according to media reports.
If you or a loved one is injured as a guest on someone’s property, or on a business property, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment. To discuss your rights, call 1-800-887-1965. Representing North and South Carolina, including Reidsville, Roxboro, Rutherfordton, Anderson, Gaffney and Union.