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6-Year Old Benjamin Easler, Killed In Amusement Park Miniature Train Derailment In South Carolina…Safety Inspector Falsified Record At Cause In This Fatal Accident

A fun day out at the amusement park with the family turns into a tragic nightmare over the weekend!(Source)

15 children and two adults were taken to a local hospital after an amusement park miniature train derailed and killed a 6-year old boy at Cleveland Park on Saturday Spartanburg,South Carolina.(Source)

Benjamin Easler, 6, who was on the train, was fatally injured and was taken to hospital but died.(Video)

 Benjamin Easler, 6, was killed in the miniature train derailment on Saturday

Benjamin Easler, 6, was killed in the miniature train derailment on Saturday

His father, Dr Dwight Easler, a local pastor at Corinth Baptist church, was also on board, as was his pregnant mother Tabitha and his two brothers.(Source)

 Pastor, Dr. Dwight Easler, Jr., his wife, Tabitha, and their oldest son, Seth

Pastor, Dr. Dwight Easler, Jr., his wife, Tabitha, and their oldest son, Seth

Spartanburg, S.C. officials say a miniature train was in its first day of operation for the season when it overturned, killing the boy and sending dozens of children and parents to the hospital.(USA Today)

The train had just been inspected for safety, and was cleared to operate with passengers by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.(Source)

In the aftermath of the tragic and horrific death of the young boy, the LLR held a news conference Monday afternoon saying that one of the agency’s inspectors falsified an inspection report done last week on the miniature train, and that the inspection of the train could not have been conducted because the battery on the train was dead, so the inspector could not have tested it and lied about having done so.(Source)

The Spartanburg police originally said that the inspection records appeared to be in order, before this admission of impropriety by the LLR’s 20 year veteran investigator.(Source)

They went on to announce that the investigator responsible for this crash has been dismissed.(Source)

When the regulator’s become too cozy with those that they are supposed to oversee, then that is when these types of tragedies occur. I hope that the investigator is held accountable for this death and all of these injuries, as a criminal offense in a court of law.

The Pavilion at Cleveland Park...

The Pavilion at Cleveland Park...

The train driver, Matt Conrad,was originally treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries, but was re-admitted later when he began to display signs of concussion.(Source)


LLR spokeswoman Lesia Kudelka said that on Monday, that all train rides are to be shut down pending the outcome of the Spartanburg investigation.

One Response to “6-Year Old Benjamin Easler, Killed In Amusement Park Miniature Train Derailment In South Carolina…Safety Inspector Falsified Record At Cause In This Fatal Accident”

  1. my prayers are with you and your family


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