SC train wreck conductor: I'm a victim, too

COLUMBIA, SC. (AP) - The man at the helm of the children's train ride that crashed and killed a 6-year-old boy said Wednesday that the wreck hurt him emotionally and physically.

Conrad said he was unprepared for the media attention he's received since the wreck Saturday at Spartanburg's Cleveland Park.

Benji Easler was killed and 27 other passengers injured when the nearly 60-year-old train derailed on a bridge. Authorities have not said what caused the crash and say their investigation is continuing. Witnesses have said the train sped up during its third lap around the circuit.

Visitation for the boy was planned Wednesday evening at Corinth Baptist Church in Gaffney, with a funeral planned for Thursday.

On Wednesday, one of the families injured in the crash filed a lawsuit, accusing state and county officials of negligence.

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