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Several hurt after train derails at Missouri’s Silver Dollar City amusement park

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the popular Frisco Silver Dollar Line Stream Train to derail at the Branson-area park. The injuries were not serious, officials said.

Seven people were hospitalized after a popular steam-powered train derailed at Missouri’s Silver Dollar City amusement park Wednesday, officials said.

Three passenger cars tipped on their sides in the derailment, which was reported around 6:10 p.m., said Tom Martin, the Stone County emergency management director.

A passenger called 911 and ambulances from multiple districts were sent to the scene, he said.

Six parkgoers and an employee were taken to hospitals after the Frisco Silver Dollar Line Stream Train derailed, the park said in a statement.

People walk near a derailed train at Missouri’s Silver Dollar City amusement park Wednesday.
People walk near a derailed train at Missouri’s Silver Dollar City amusement park Wednesday.Gary Eldridge

Hospital system CoxHealth said it had six patients with minor to moderate injuries.

“Of course, when you have a call come in with that description, you immediately think the worst,” Martin said. “Fortunately, it wasn’t.”

The steam-powered train runs within Silver Dollar City, which is an 1880s-themed amusement park west of Branson. The train that derailed runs a 30-minute course and features an old-fashioned stickup attempt, according to its website.

"The ride had an up to date operating permit and Silver Dollar City is fully cooperating with the investigation," the Missouri Division of Fire Safety wrote in a tweet Thursday morning.

The state fire marshal’s amusement ride safety unit has not determined the cause of the derailment, according to the tweet.

Park officials said they "are wholeheartedly focused on providing support for guests and team members in partnership with Stone County first responders."