DUNCAN, Okla. — Eleven people reported minor injuries when a miniature train carrying passengers derailed and partially tipped over in Kiddieland Park Saturday evening.
The small-scale train, with an engine and cars about waist high, is operated by volunteers as a youth amusement ride during the summer. The derailment occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the last regular weekend of the 2019 season for Kiddieland.
Duncan Police Sgt. Jarrod Bishop, who was called to the scene, said 11 people received injuries — all minor.
Bishop said the exact cause of the accident was unknown, but it appeared to be an equipment malfunction. A set of wheels was visibly separated from the first passenger car behind the engine. Bishop said there were no reports of anything wrong before the regular Saturday evening train rides began. Volunteers who operated the rides at Kiddieland provided him with the maintenance log and checklist, which they completed Saturday before opening the park.
Bishop said a state inspector was called to the scene to investigate. The Oklahoma Labor Department licenses amusement rides.
Duncan Chisholm Trail Kiwanis President Chris Genn said that as of Monday morning, the Labor Department was wrapping up its inspection on what caused the incident. After the report is completed, more information will be released, he said. The train ride is closed for the season.
Genn said he appreciated the quick response from Duncan emergency personnel in taking care of the incident.
“I’m very thankful for the community, and we had a great response from our city, police and fire,” Genn said. “They were very professional, and I would like thank those in the club and the community who pitched in to help during the evening.”
Genn said the incident was unfortunate and said the club was thinking of the people involved.
“We want the family and young ones to have a good time,” Genn said. “We are very sorry these things happen, and thoughts and prayers goes to everyone involved.”
Genn said Monday the train has been taken to get repairs done, and hopefully the repairs will be done by the beginning of next season.
“The train is down for the season, and our plan is we are going to get it up and repaired and ready for next season,” Genn said. “Once we are ready, the state will come in and do a thorough check on the train before we get it going for the next season. That is the plan — we will get it back up and running and they will come in and inspect … to have it approved and go forward.”
The Duncan Banner submitted a records request for a full report from the train incident, but as of Monday evening it had not been completed.