The Southeastern Railway Museum will temporarily cease operation of its train ride while the cause of the June 24 incident that resulted in burn injuries to seven children is investigated.
Pirkle expressed his appreciation for the rapid response and professionalism of Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services personnel.
"We are grateful that the injuries to our guests were minor, and that all of the participants were treated and released without the need for further emergency care," he added.
The train ride, which has been in operation since the early 1990s without any passenger injuries, will remain out of service until the incident investigation is complete and until museum officials can ensure there will not be a reoccurrence. The rest of the museum, including the miniature train ride, will remain open.
A statement released by the museum concluded, "As both a history museum and an operating railroad, the Museum maintains its operating fleet to manufacturer specifications. This retains the historic character of the locomotives while ensuring the safety of Museum guests."
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