Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – A wall of ice at Titanic Museum Attraction in Tennessee has collapsed and injured three guests, museum owners said.
The injured were taken to hospital with unspecified injuries, wrote Mary Kellogg Joslyn and John Joslyn on the attraction’s Facebook page. The extent of their injuries was unclear.
“Needless to say, we never would have expected an incident like this to happen, as the safety of our guests and crew is always a priority,” said the owners.
The ship-shaped museum closed after Monday night’s collapse but reopened for those with tickets on Tuesday, according to a report. The owners have said the affected area has been blocked off and they estimate it will take at least four weeks for the iceberg wall to be rebuilt.
The Pigeon Forge Police Department said in a statement that the collapse appears to be accidental, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
Cedar Bay Entertainment opened the attraction in 2010. The company owns another Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri.
Guests are given boarding passes containing the names of passengers or crew who were on board the British liner that sank in 1912 on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg.
Visitors can see more than 400 artifacts from the Titanic, shovel “coal” in the boiler room, smell 28-degree water on self-guided tours, and try to stand on a sloping bridge, according to the attraction.
The News Sentinel describes Pigeon Forge as a “popular tourist area in Sevier County which is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and home to Dollywood Amusement Park.”