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Miniature train carrying 150 people overturns at safari park

A mother in her 30s was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries after a miniature train carrying more than 150 people overturned at a safari park.

Two carriages came off the tracks at Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire earlier today, as the train was pulling into the main square, injuring several people.

ITV News reporter Rob Murphy reported that the seriously injured woman had been at the park celebrating her son's birthday. He said her children watched as emergency services worked to rescue her from the crash, which happened shortly after 3.30pm.

The woman was airlifted to hospital in Bath with suspected multiple leg fractures.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the accident. The railway will remain closed while inquiries continue, the park said.

The miniature railway at Longleat has operated there for decades Credit: ITV News West Country

The miniature railway at Longleat has operated there for decades, transporting visitors between the various enclosures and attractions at the estate.

A statement from Longleat said:

At approximately 15.40 today there was an incident involving the miniature train at Longleat where two carriages came off the track as the train was coasting into the station. One carriage went onto its side and the other remained upright, the other carriages stayed on the track. Staff immediately instigated the emergency procedure to safely evacuate all passengers from the train and the emergency services were notified. Staff are currently undertaking a thorough investigation into what caused the incident and the railway will remain closed during this time

– Longleat Adventure Park
One of the Amur tigers at Longleat Safari and Adventure Park Credit: PA

Crews from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue were also on the scene to help with first aid. A spokesperson for the service tweeted:

Now confirmed only one person taken to hospital following the Longleat incident earlier. Handful of walking wounded. Firefighters been helping with first aid but train made safe before we got there. Happily no-one trapped.

– Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman