by FRANK MARADIAGA AND SAM READ, NBC 10 NEWS Holiday train fatally strikes 2; crew works to keep children oblivious.…
Officials continued to investigate a fatal train collision that killed two people on Saturday night in Wareham.
The victims were a 33 year old female and a 36-year-old male, both from Wareham announced The Plymouth District Attorney’s Office.
According to investigators, the conductor attempted to stop the train using the emergency braking system but it was not enough to stop the fatal collision. Both were determined to be dead on the scene said the DA’s office. Their names were being held as of Sunday.
The incident happened around 7:29 pm on mile post 52.5 while the train had 355 passengers on a holiday-themed scenic ride which started in Buzzards Bay.
According to authorities, none of the passengers were injured.
Kaylene Jablecki a Passenger Operations Manager with Cape Cod Central Railroad Customs NBC 1
0 that the ride was a dress rehearsal for a train to Christmas town set to open later in the season.
Onboard were local firefighters and their children said Jablecki and it was raising donations for “Homeless for the Holidays.”
The ride’s premise is that the train takes children to the North Pole to see Santa.
“Our hearts go out to the victims’ families, this is a very tough time for all of us,” said Jablecki.
She said the staff were held Christmas “We were told the children ran out of magic gas and Santa will be using his magic to visit them on Christmas,” said the children. Jablecki.
While on board Jablecki said the crew was receiving countless emails from firefighters and police commending the staff for keeping the children oblivious.
“We’re trying to move past this, we’re all very upset about this , “Jablecki told NBC 10.
The train to Christmas town is planned to continue the day after Thanksgiving.
Authorities say the fatal crash is still under investigation.