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15 people were injured when a tram collided with the guardrail at the Universal Studios theme park near Los Angeles

Vaseline 2 months ago

By the Associated Press

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — More than a dozen people suffered mostly minor injuries when a tram used for tours crashed into a railing at Universal Studios Hollywood near Los Angeles, authorities and the company said.

Los Angeles County Fire Department units responded to the theme park in Universal City, about 10 miles northwest of downtown LA, shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, the agency said in a social media post.

The California Highway Patrol said that as the streetcar was negotiating a curve, the last car collided with a metal guardrail, “causing it to overturn and eject several passengers.”

According to the fire brigade, fifteen people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. The highway patrol statement Sunday said some of the injuries were moderate, but did not specify a number.

Universal Studios Hollywood said in a statement Sunday afternoon that tours have resumed with an adjusted itinerary.

“Our thoughts remain with the guests involved, and we are grateful that based on agency reports, the injuries sustained were minor. “We are working closely with public agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, as we continue our assessment of the incident and safety remains a top priority,” the statement said.

The highway patrol, which is leading the investigation, said alcohol and drugs were not considered a factor.

Called the World-Famous Studio Tour, the tram circuit offers a behind-the-scenes look at Universal films, including Jordan Peele’s “Jaws” and “Nope.” The theme park will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the tour from Friday.