Zoo train carrying visitors derails

June 1, 2009 4:34:42 PM PDT
Emergency officials say 20 people, including children, have been taken to hospitals, some with serious injuries after train carrying Louisville Zoo visitors overturned. The open-air train is pulled by a small engine and encircles the zoo. It derailed Monday near the gorilla exhibit.

At least 16 of the people injured were children. Kosair Children's Hospital chief nursing officer Cis Gruebbel says the types of injuries and ages vary.

One person was briefly trapped. But zoo spokeswoman Kara Bussabarger says rescuers got the person out.

Louisville Metro EMS medical director Dr. Neal Richmond says those injured were from 2 months old to senior citizens. He says there was at least one serious injury and possibly another but that no one is in critical shape.

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