SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The man driving a children's train ride in South Carolina that crashed and killed a 6-year-old boy says he feels like a victim, too.
Matt Conrad said during a news conference in Greenville Wednesday that he wasn't prepared for media scrutiny following the crash and said he is suffering because of his role.
Benji Easler was killed Saturday when the train ride at Spartanburg's Cleveland Park derailed. Twenty-seven others were injured.
State officials fired an inspector who falsified a report saying the train was OK to operate.
Police said Conrad told them he knew he had been driving too fast. On Wednesday though, Conrad's attorneys blamed the crash on mechanical failure.
Authorities are still investigating what caused the wreck. One injured family has sued state and county officials for negligence.