Seven hurt as miniature railway carriage flips

DISASTER struck when the train at Casino Miniature Railway derailed yesterday.

Four children and three adults sustained minor cuts and bruises when the back carriage flipped over.

The incident happened at 1.30pm while the train was taking passengers on a tour.

Ross Metcalfe, secretary of the Casino Miniature Railway, said they were 'still working out exactly what happened'.

Sergeant Brad Walpole, of the Casino police, said the incident appeared to have been caused by the carriage occupants all leaning the wrong way when the train rounded a corner.

“The small gauge tracks that the train runs on can sometimes cause problems when whole carriage loads of people lean the one way,” he said.

While derailments aren't a regular occurrence at the railway, because of strict safety measures, Mr Metcalfe said 'these things happen from time to time'.

“We have taken the carriage off to have a look at it during the week, to check if anything had worn out,” he said.

“I can't really explain it. We are trying to work out what happened so we can ensure it doesn't happen again.”

The railway is very popular, with Mr Metcalfe reporting that the day had been very busy before the incident.

“It wasn't the best of afternoons,” Mr Metcalfe said.

“We do our best with safety, and do everything by the book,” he said.



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