Zoo Resumes Train Rides 4 Years After Accident

By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Louisville Zoo has resumed train rides for patrons four years after a derailment injured 22 people.

Zoo spokesman Kyle Shepherd says the two new trains began running on Tuesday and for the first few days patrons can ride for free. He said the zoo would begin charging a regular fare of $3.50 per person soon.

The train rides are the first since the derailment sent 17 children and five adults to hospitals, some with serious injuries.

Zoo director John Walczak said the most frequent question he has fielded is when train rides would resume. He said the zoo spent more than $1 million to get the new trains up and running. Several new workers who have been extensively trained were hired to accommodate the service.

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