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BREC employee disciplined, others trained after train snafu

3 years 5 months 4 weeks ago April 02, 2013 Apr 2, 2013 Tuesday, April 02 2013 April 02, 2013 8:52 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- A BREC spokesperson said an employee was disciplined after a WBRZ News 2 report about a mishap with the train that circles the city's zoo.

The employee's name was not released.

Last week, a man on the train when the incident happened said the train operator was texting.

Robert Walker said a gate was on the tracks and the operator did not see it and ran into it.

"It sent the chain linked fenced and the pipes all shooting back toward the cars and we were like right behind the driver and we came within one foot of being impaled," Walker said.

Walker was recording video of his ride on the train prior to the incident and recorded a conversation with the operator afterwards.

When he asked the operator about her apparent texting, she replied on his recorded video: "God doggit. I was hoping nobody was watching."

Walker was not recording when the train hit the gate.

BREC could not confirm if the operator was texting, but said "appropriate disciplinary action was taken."

The recreation system also said all employees involved with the zoo's train had a refresher course on safety.

BREC Communications Director Cheryl Michelet said the safety standards include paying complete attention to operating the train and nothing else. That would include, not using a cell phone.

Michelet said she could not provide specific details concerning the employee.
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