Longleat bosses have expressed their sympathy to the visitors hurt in Wednesdays mini train accident.

A spokesman said: “We would like to extend our sympathy and best wishes to all those who were affected by the incident involving the miniature train.

“We would like to thank all emergency services personnel for their speedy and professional responses.

“We would also like to thank all the members of the public who acted so quickly to offer help and assistance.

The spokesman praised park staff for their quick action after the accident, which happened as the train was coasting into the station at 3.45pm on Wednesday.

“Our own staff were immediately on the scene of the incident and began assisting passengers and other visitors following the incident along with paramedics and members of the public,” he said.

“The train, carriages and track are inspected by staff on a daily basis. All drivers and railway staff undergo a comprehensive training programme, which includes dealing with emergency procedures.

“In addition to our own checks, the entire railway system is also subject to rigorous safety inspections by the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme annually.”

He said the train had 155 people on board and can carry up to 169 passengers.

The train is closed while an investigation takes place.

The spokesman said: “We are undertaking a thorough investigation to establish the cause of the incident and are co-operating fully with ADIPS and the Health and Safety Executive.”