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Originally published Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:18 PM

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7 hurt on train ride, zip line at Puyallup fest

The caboose of a children’s amusement-ride train tipped over during the Meeker Days festival Saturday, and later a woman was hospitalized after a zip-line accident.


Seattle Times staff

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Six people were injured Saturday afternoon when the caboose of a children’s amusement-ride train tipped over during the Meeker Days festival in Puyallup, and later at the event, a 42-year-old woman was hospitalized after a zip-line accident.

Puyallup police said the conductor was turning the train around at the intersection of Sixth Avenue Southwest and Second Street Southwest when the accident occurred.

All six passengers — adults and children — were hurt, and several were treated at the scene for minor injuries and abrasions. A boy, 8, was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

A preliminary investigation found the train car had been improperly loaded, police said — likely with too much weight on one side of the caboose.

Later, police said the woman hurt in the zip-line accident was in stable condition at a hospital. KING 5 reported she suffered a head injury when the line collapsed. Police said a preliminary investigation indicated a mechanical failure.



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