15 people injured after tram crashes at Universal Studios

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Sunday, April 21, 2024
15 injured after tram crashes at Universal Studios
The last car of the Universal Studios tram hit a guardrail as it was turning, spilling out passengers and leading to 15 injuries.

UNIVERSAL CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Fifteen people were injured after a backlot-tour tram crashed at Universal Studios Saturday night, according to authorities.

Just after 9 p.m., the tram was making a turn during the park's studio backlot tour when the last car struck a metal guardrail, causing it to tilt and eject multiple passengers, according to the CHP.

Fifteen people were evaluated and brought to local hospitals for treatment. Initial reports had described one person as having critical injuries, but officials later revised that, saying all had "minor to moderate injuries."

There was no indication of alcohol or drugs as a factor in the crash, but the cause remains under investigation.

The collision happened as the tram had passed the Jurassic Park cars and was turning north onto Avenue M.

"Our thoughts continue to be with the guests who were involved, and we are thankful that based on agency reports, the injuries sustained were minor," Universal Studios Hollywood said in a written statement.

The tram tour is expected to mark its 60th anniversary on Friday. It's not clear if the incident will impact some of the special events planned to mark the occasion.

The tram tour resumed Sunday with a modified route, though some visitors told Eyewitness News they were reluctant to take it after news of the incident.

Other visitors said word of the crash was particularly surprising because it is the other rides at the park that seemingly present more danger than the slow-speed trams.

Daniel Katz and his son Samuel are frequent visitors to Universal Studios since they live near the park.

"We go 20 times a year," Daniel Katz said. "He goes on the tram ride every time, sometimes multiple times. It's the safest ride in any amusement park, so it's shocking"