SC children's ride inspected days before crash

SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) - County officials say a miniature train was in its first day of operation for the season when it overturned, killing a 6-year-old boy and sending dozens of children and parents to the hospital.

Phone messages left with local hospitals seeking updated conditions were not immediately returned Sunday.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported that relatives of the little boy who died, Benjamin Samuel Easler of Gaffney, were also injured. Family friends say the father is a local minister who suffered cuts and broken bones and his pregnant mother was treated with medication to stop contractions. His two brothers also had broken bones.

Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt says the ride at the county-owned park was inspected by state officials Wednesday and went on several test runs before Saturday's crash.

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