LLR ok's use of mini-trains at 2 Upstate parks
Fri, 27 May 2011 12:18:02 GMT — GREENVILLE (WACH, WHNS) -- The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has lifted restrictions on two miniature trains in the Upstate. According to Simpsonville City Administrator Russ Hawes, the city's train at Heritage Park will be running during the upcoming Freedom Weekend Aloft. He said the train was inspected Wednesday. Hawes said a device has been installed that will not let the train operate at speeds greater than 6 mph. Related Stories Coroner: Excessive speed caused Upstate mini-train fatal crash Engineers testing upstate ride that killed 6-year-old Bill proposed to help SC train crash victims Mike Teachey, of the Greenville County Recreation District, said his agency has received word that restrictions have been lifted. Teachey said the mini-train at The Pavilion is scheduled to be inspected by LLR next week. He said after that inspection and a part to restrict the speed of the train is installed they will begin running it again. Six-year-old Benji Easler, of Gaffney, was killed in the crash of a miniature train at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg in March.
A investigation by the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office found that the train was going too fast, which caused the fatal derailment.
Labor, Licensing and Regulation Department Director Catherine Templeton said that an inspector from her department, Donnie Carrigan, had inspected the train a few days before the derailment. She said Carrigan did not check the speed of the train because the battery was dead, but turned in a completed report. She said that Carrigan was fired.
Templeton said that Carrigan had checked the same train several times before and there had been no reports of problems.
(WHNS and FoxCarolina.com contributed to this report.)