Louisville Zoo to reopen after zoo train crash injures 22



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 3:10 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Louisville Zoo planned to open as normal Tuesday while inspectors tried to figure out why a miniature train derailed and sent 22 people to hospitals.

One child was critically injured when three open-air cars and the engine fell off the ground-level rails in a bend behind a gorilla exhibit Monday. Kosair Children's Hospital did not immediately have an updated condition for the child Tuesday morning.

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Inspectors from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which oversees amusement rides, returned to the zoo Tuesday to continue investigating, said department spokesman Ted Sloan.

Sloan said the ride passed an inspection before it opened for the season earlier this spring and had received no prior complaints about it, although he did not have the date of the inspection. Zoo spokeswoman Kara Bussabarger did not immediately return calls Tuesday morning.

The train circles the zoo along a two-mile track. Bussabarger said the attraction has been around for about 40 years but the train that derailed was bought in 2000.

Officials said there were about 30 people on board when the train derailed.

The ride will be closed until further notice.

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