A passenger train derails in Silver Dollar City; here is what a witness told us
UPDATE: Silver Dollar City has released a statement on Twittersaying the Frisco Silver Dollar Line steam train derailed from the tracks, resulting in six guests and an employee being transported by ambulance to local hospitals.
BRANSON, Mo. – The Frisco Silver Dollar Line steam train in Silver Dollar City derailed Wednesday night, prompting a strong response from first responders. A passenger on the train told Ozarks First about the experience.
Stone County Office of Emergency Management Director Tom Martin confirmed the train incident with our team at the scene.
Martin said 3 to 4 passengers were taken to hospital by ambulance, but no one had life-threatening injuries.
The train was nearly full, according to Martin, who said the state fire marshal had been contacted. Authorities are working to understand what caused the derailment at this time.
The Stone County Sheriff’s Office, Southern Stone County Fire Protection District, MSHP and at least half a dozen Mercy ambulances were on the scene at 6:50 p.m., according to our photographer OzarksFirst.
KOLR10 anchor Bailey Strohl made contact with a passenger on the train on Wednesday. This passenger was in the second car from the rear of the train.
After the train rolled over, the passenger said her husband noticed their car’s wheels were silver instead of black, then they heard the train dragging.
She said their car and those in front of them were completely on their side and passengers had to break the windows to get out.
The passenger said a man near her had lower back problems and was taken by ambulance to be safe. She also said that a lady whose glasses broke her face and the woman was bleeding.
The passenger said there was a little boy on the train who was so excited to get on, but after the incident he said he didn’t like trains anymore.
This is a breaking story and we will provide updates as they become available.