Georgetown Loop Railroad passenger injured by falling tree

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GEORGETOWN, Colo. – A passenger on board the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad was injured Saturday when strong winds uprooted a tree, causing it to fall onto the tourist train.

According to a History Colorado representative, a “portion of the dislodged tree struck a single passenger riding in one of the train’s open-air cars.”

The accident occurred around 11 a.m. as the train was en route from Georgetown to Silver Plume.

 The train was able to continue to the Silver Plume depot, were the passenger was treated by paramedics and transported by ambulance.

“Our thoughts are with the injured passenger who was struck and the passenger’s concerned family members,” said Joseph Bell, Vice President of Finance, Facilities and Regional Museums at History Colorado. “Safety is our highest priority. The track is inspected daily, and every season we work to clear potential falling hazards from the track’s vicinity. Unfortunately the winds, in this instance, caused dislodgement of a living tree. We will conduct a thorough evaluation along the track route. We appreciate the work of the train’s operator, Historic Railroad Adventures, for acting swiftly and to their staff’s attentiveness to this passenger.”

For information about the Georgetown Loop Railroad, see www.georgetownlooprr.com.

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