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Tiny Town train crash: No evidence of criminal behavior found, says Jeffco Sheriff's Office

Yesterday's train derailment at Tiny Town was hardly kids stuff, with well over a dozen injuries reported, ranging from scratches and scrapes to broken bones.

But while personnel at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office can't say precisely what happened to spur the accident, they're confident at this point that nothing criminal took place.

According to JCSO public-information officer Mark Techmeyer, two agencies were initially charged with looking into the incident: the sheriff's office and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, whose public safety section monitors explosives, carnival rides and amusement-park permits.

"We conducted the preliminary investigation," Techmeyer says, "and we found nothing that leads us to believe or suspect that anything criminal could have led to this accident. We're keeping the case open in case the Department of Labor needs assistance down the road. But they're going to be handling the investigation now."

In the meantime, Techmeyer updates the injury situation. "It's my understanding that 21 people were assessed at the scene, and five of those people refused transport -- but sixteen people were transported and seen at the hospital." Most, but not all, of them have since been released; Techmeyer says that as of this morning, two were still hospitalized.

Look below to see first-day coverage from Channel 9, plus photos of the trains from the Tiny Town website:

The Occasional Rose, or old no. 22, is a steam engine propelled by enough propane to pull passenger cars along Tiny Town's nearly one mile of track.
The Occasional Rose, or old no. 22, is a steam engine propelled by enough propane to pull passenger cars along Tiny Town's nearly one mile of track.
The steam engine at the crossing point.
The steam engine at the crossing point.

 

Engine no. 10 is coal-powered.
Engine no. 10 is coal-powered.
This little beauty has been around since the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
This little beauty has been around since the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

 

The steam engine in the station.
The steam engine in the station.
The Tiny Town Tribune. I wonder what'll be on the front page of the Tribune tomorrow?
The Tiny Town Tribune. I wonder what'll be on the front page of the Tribune tomorrow?

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