SPARTANBURG, S.C., March 21 (UPI) -- Authorities in South Carolina tried to determine why a miniature train crashed, killing a boy, 6, and injuring more than two dozen other people, officials said.
The train at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg was in its first hour of operation of the season when it derailed Saturday, fatally injuring Benjamin Samuel Easler, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported.
Most of the 28 people aboard the miniature train were injured and some were still receiving treatment at hospitals Sunday.
The boy was the son of the Rev. Dwight Easler, pastor of the Corinth Baptist Church in Gaffney, S.C.
The boy died from his injuries about 45 minutes after the accident. Tabitha Easler, who is eight months pregnant, and the couple's other two sons were also injured.
WSPA-TV of Spartanburg said several of the crash victims attend Easler's church, which held its morning service as usual on Sunday.
"It's a time for us to come together to encourage one another and love on each other a bit and pray and support one another and the Lord can do amazing things through tragedies; he can bring people together," said the church's youth pastor, Nathan Ellis.