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Incline Railway closed after partial derailment

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Lookout Mountain’s popular Incline Railway was closed Friday after a partial derailment.

According to CARTA’s executive director Lisa Maragnano, the derailment happened around 10:30 Friday morning as the Incline’s trolley-styled cars were approaching the station at the foot of Lookout Mountain.

“This was not a mechanical issue,” says Maragnano, who tells Channel 3 a human error led to the derailment.

Maragnano says the loading and unloading ramp was not in its proper position when the attraction approached the station, causing the ramp to lift two cars off the tracks.

Maragnano says a total of 60 people were on-board at the time of the incident, 20 in the lower car and 40 in the upper car. There were no injuries reported.

The attraction posted to its website Friday, “The Incline Railway is temporarily closed for repairs and will be back open as soon as possible.”

Maragnano says CARTA, which owns and operates the Incline Railway, hopes to reopen Saturday.

Maragnano tells Channel 3 the employee who made the mistake that led to the derailment is undergoing additional training.

Stay with Channel 3 for any updates to this story. 

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