SC says fatal train ride inspector faked report

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina officials say the state inspector who OK'd a children's train ride that crashed over the weekend, killing a boy and injuring dozens, falsified his report.

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation chief Catherine Templeton said Monday the inspector could not have tested the Spartanburg ride because a battery in the train was dead, making it inoperable.

She said the inspector has been fired. Six-year-old Benji Easler died in the wreck Saturday. His parents and siblings were injured.

Earlier Monday, the train's driver was released from a hospital in Greer. Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt says the ride had several test runs before Saturday's crash. The train was in its first day of operation for the season.

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