15 Hurt in Tiny Town Train Derailment

Fifteen people were injured when a small, open-air tourist train derailed at Tiny Town, a historic, kid-scaled replica of an Old West town, near Denver.

The injured ranged from small children to grandparents and three of them – two adults and one child -- were hospitalized in serious condition, the Denver Post reports.

Most of the victims had bruises and scrapes but some had broken bones. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

The Jefferson County tourist attraction was closed for a time following the accident.

The train, which takes visitors through the miniature town, had about 30 people onboard when it wrecked on a curve, according to news reports. The engine tipped and all five cars followed.

Carl Vining, who lives near the attraction, tells the Post he heard an odd sound and went to investigate.

"I saw the engine lying on its side and the wheels were still turning," he says.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, which regulates amusement parks, were all investigating the cause of the derailment.

Tiny Town opened in 1920, and the railroad debuted in 1939. The attraction bills itself as "The Oldest Kid Size Village and Railroad in the USA."

Photo, Notahandbag, flickr
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