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6 guests, 1 employee hospitalized after amusement park train derails in Missouri

Officials confirmed that seven people were hospitalized in southern Missouri after an amusement park train derailed from its tracks. The seven individuals transported to nearby hospitals included six guests and one staff member at 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 the Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train, one of its attractions, was completing its usual route. Silver Dollar City wrote in a statement posted on Facebook and Twitter: “Silver Dollar City confirmed that earlier this evening, sections of the Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train derailed from the track. Onsite paramedics provided emergency care until first responders arrived. Six guests and one employee have been transported 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. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.”

The Missouri Division of Fire Safety confirmed that personnel from its amusement park ride unit responded to the scene after the train derailed, and said an investigation into what caused the accident is underway.

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