By: Allan M. Siegel
Over 20 people were injured and transported to local hospitals this past
weekend when a tractor-drawn tram crashed at Cosca Regional Park in Prince
George’s County. The incident involved a number of children. No
life-threatening injuries have been reported.
Here are some details about the incident:
- Officials state that at least 21 of the 30 passengers on board the tractor-drawn
tram ride were taken to a local hospital for treatment. One 12-year-old
child was taken to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington,
DC with a head injury. Prince George’s County declared the crash
a mass casualty incident due to the number of injuries involved.
- The tractor - which is designed to look like a train engine - reportedly
lost control as it began to go down a hill in a wooded area of the park
shortly after 4:00 on Sunday afternoon. It detached from the cars behind
it and overturned while the tram cars remained upright. In addition to
most of the passengers, the tractor operator was taken to the hospital
for medical treatment.
- Officials have yet to determine the cause of the accident and are continuing
to investigate whether it could have been prevented.
Any accident that results in injuries is unfortunate, especially when they
involve children. As officials continue their investigation, they will
likely look into whether
defective equipment or operator error was a contributing factor so as to prevent similar accidents
from happening to families in the future.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has helped numerous individuals
and families after they have been hurt in accidents. If you have questions
about Sunday’s incident at Cosca Regional Park in Clinton, Maryland
or wish to learn more about your rights after any type of preventable
accident, call (202) 644-8303 for a free consultation.