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Resident files lawsuit in novelty train crash at retirement community

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The Channel 4 I-Team learned the novelty train was a converted lawnmower. (WSMV) The Channel 4 I-Team learned the novelty train was a converted lawnmower. (WSMV)
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It’s been nearly a year since a novelty train carrying senior citizens flipped over, hurting eight people.

The Channel 4 I-Team has learned that novelty train was actually a converted lawnmower.

A victim’s lawyer said neither the company not the retirement community that hired hit want to take responsibility.

The I-Team discovered that Active Entertainment should have never been operating the train in the first place.

Betty Fields lives at McKendree Village in Hermitage, which hired Active Entertainment last May. She is now seeking $1 million from the retirement community.

Rocky McElhaney, Fields’ attorney, said her injuries changed the way she lived. She suffered internal bleeding and fractured bones, on top of bumps in bruises.

In August, the I-Team learned the company lacked the proper permit to operate the tram and stopped doing business.

McElhaney said he wants to know why McKendree Village never investigated who they were hiring.

“This is one of the craziest cases I’ve seen,” he said. “I’ve called it the crazy train case, because who puts 12 adults on a kiddie train and chucks them around a retirement village? It’s just absurd.”

The executive director of McKendree Village said Tuesday she could not talk about pending litigation or individual residents, but released a statement saying in part:

McKendree Village takes the safety of all residents very seriously and we worked closely with care professionals and others to ensure the injured residents were cared for and that they received care promptly. All the injured residents returned to our campus.

To read the full statement, click here.

The I-Team also reached out to the former owner of Active Entertainment, but have not yet heard back.

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