Several Kids Suffer Burns During Train Ride at Railroad Museum

Gwinnett Fire: 7 children were burned; none of the injuries were serious.

Southeastern Railway Museum near Duluth.
Southeastern Railway Museum near Duluth.

Several children received minor burns during a day-care trip to a railroad museum in Gwinnett County Tuesday morning.

Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said seven children ages 4 to 11 were treated for “minor first and second degree burns” at the Southeastern Railway Museum near Duluth. The incident happened after 10:30 a.m., when hot embers from a smokestack blew onto the children during a ride on a full-sized train. The museum is located at 3505 Buford Highway.

WSB-TV reported the kids were visiting the museum from the Discovery Point daycare location in Loganville. The TV station said the children and six daycare staffers were riding the train when the smokestack caught on fire. The train uses a diesel engine.

Rutledge said the children were treated at the scene and none were taken to the hospital.

Rutledge said some of the children suffered dime- to quarter-sized burns. “Some have one burn spot and others have two,” Rutledge reported in a news release.

Train rides are on hold at the museum.


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