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Iceberg wall collapse injured five at Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge

The August 2, iceberg wall collapse at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge injured five people, not three.
Published: Aug. 6, 2021 at 10:59 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Five people, not three, were injured when an iceberg wall collapsed at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, police confirmed.

Officials with the Titanic Museum Attraction originally reported on August 3, that three people were injured and taken to the hospital. A new report from the Pigeon Forge Police Department obtained by WVLT News states that five people were injured but only three were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Two victims were taken to LeConte Medical Center, both with injuries to the arm and head, one with an injury to the leg as well. A 44-year-old woman from Florida was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with a head injury. None of the injured guests were from Tennessee.

Pigeon Forge Police Department officers responded to the museum around 7:56 p.m. Monday. Officers said they arrived to find that a wall of ice display fell and injured several visitors.

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge allows “passengers” to experience the environment of the Titanic. The tour is self-guided, allows visitors to touch a real iceberg, reach their hand in 28-degree water, shovel “coal” and try to stand on a sloping deck, according to their website.

Immediately following the incident, the museum closed. The museum reopened Tuesday, Aug. 3 to ticketed passengers. According to a statement released by the museum, the iceberg wall does not currently exist. The impacted area has been blocked off for the time being. The museum expects repairs to take at least four weeks.

WVLT is working to obtain a video of the collapse from the Pigeon Forge Police Department.

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