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Train Derails at Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TN - Authorities say part of a train at the Memphis Zoo derailed, sending ten people...eight of them children, to the hospital with non-critical injuries.

Zoo officials are trying to determine what caused the last car in the train to become detached from the others before it derailed and flipped around noon Saturday.

Officials said passengers tumbled onto a grassy hill near a zoo exhibit and suffered minor bumps and bruises.

The children were taken to Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center and the adults to Methodist University Hospital.  Officials said no one admitted was seriously injured.

Zoo spokesman Brian Carter said the train has never had a similar wreck and is inspected daily.

He said the train was well under its maximum capacity of 38 riders.

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