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Two Years After Miniature Train Crash, Families Still Wait for Compensation

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Tuesday marks two years since the deadly miniature train crash at Spartanburg's Cleveland Park that killed a 6-year-old Gaffney boy and injured 27 others. Tuesday marks two years since the deadly miniature train crash at Spartanburg's Cleveland Park that killed a 6-year-old Gaffney boy and injured 27 others.
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Tuesday marks two years since the deadly miniature train crash at Spartanburg's Cleveland Park that killed a 6-year-old Gaffney boy and injured 27 others. 

Just last week, the family of Benji Easler, the young man who died, filed a wrongful death suit against the State of S.C., Spartanburg County, and the county's parks and recreation department, according to their attorney Beth Bullock, whose daughter was also injured in the crash.

The other families also filed a suit seeking compensation from the same three entities named in the wrongful death suit, but because of a state law that protects governments from paying out more than $600,000 in liability claims, the families, for now, are out of luck.

In separate legal action, the families have already rejected the $600,000 offered by the state and instead are fighting in court for a judge to triple the cap, bringing it to $1.8 million (or $600,000 from the state, the county, and parks and recreation department).

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