Family spokesman: No charges in SC train ride crash

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The spokesman for a pastor whose 6-year-old son was killed in the derailment of a Spartanburg children's train ride says authorities are not charging anyone criminally in the crash.

Corinth Baptist Church spokesman Nathan Ellis said Monday that authorities told Pastor Dwight Easler they would not bring criminal charges.

Benji Easler was killed and 28 others injured when the ride derailed March 19.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson has been reviewing county officials' report blaming the crash on excessive speed. Authorities scheduled a Tuesday news conference to release Wilson's decision. An inspector who admitted falsifying a report clearing the train for operation was fired.

The train's operator has said he did nothing wrong, and his attorney said Monday now the families affected can move forward.

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