Nashville zoo train operator admits being drunk on job - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Nashville zoo train operator admits being drunk on job

Posted: Updated:
Nashville Zoo's Wilderness Express Train Nashville Zoo's Wilderness Express Train
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • USGS: Explosion caused ground to shake like earthquake

    USGS: Explosion caused ground to shake like earthquake

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:36:31 GMT
    An explosion in southern Illinois Thursday was originally reported as an earthquake by the U.S. Geological Survey.
    An explosion in southern Illinois Thursday was originally reported as an earthquake by the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • 'Barabbas' production set for Easter weekend performance

    'Barabbas' production set for Easter weekend performance

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:12:48 GMT
    Easter is usually a time when we see more Biblical and spiritual films either on television or the big screen. Now one shot by a crew in the Cape Girardeau is grabbing a lot of attention.
    Easter is usually a time when we see more Biblical and spiritual films either on television or the big screen. Now one shot by a crew in the Cape Girardeau is grabbing a lot of attention.
  • Heartland Cooks 4/18/14 – Joe’s Black & Bleu Morels

    Heartland Cooks 4/18/14 – Joe’s Black & Bleu Morels

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:00:19 GMT
    Spring is a time when birds sing, flowers bloom, and mushroom hunters take to the woods in search of morel mushrooms. This week’s Heartland Cook is a mushroom expert, nature author and foodie who loves morels above all else. Joe McFarland of Makanda, Illinois shares his favorite recipe: a cream sauce that mingles the smoky flavor of black morel mushrooms with the tangy taste of bleu cheese. Joe says one bite of prime rib or filet mignon covered his Black Bleu Morel sauce is enough to convinc...
    Spring is a time when birds sing, flowers bloom, and mushroom hunters take to the woods in search of morel mushrooms. This week’s Heartland Cook is a mushroom expert, nature author and foodie who loves morels above all else. Joe McFarland of Makanda, Illinois shares his favorite recipe: a cream sauce that mingles the smoky flavor of black morel mushrooms with the tangy taste of bleu cheese. Joe says one bite of prime rib or filet mignon covered his Black Bleu Morel sauce is enough to convinc...
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

One of the most popular attractions at the Nashville Zoo is sitting still after some visitors said their ride took a crazy turn Thursday afternoon.

A zoo spokesman confirms to Channel 4 News that the driver of the Wilderness Express Train admits she was drunk when she took families on a ride.

The miniature train runs on a circular, concrete path rather than along metal tracks.

Rick Schwartz, president of the Nashville Zoo, said the 24-year-old train operator has been fired.

The train operator allegedly admitted to drinking at lunchtime Thursday before coming back to drive the train.

After making two circuits on the train, the operator apparently dropped some tokens and fell down trying to pick them up.

"We were notified at our Guest Services and went and relieved her," Schwartz said.

Zoo officials have not released the identity of the train operator.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.