KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Three guests were injured Monday when a wall of icebergs collapsed at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the museum owners said in a statement.
“Needless to say, we would never have expected an incident like this to happen as the safety of our guests and crew is always a priority,” said owners Mary Kellogg Joslyn and John Joslyn on Facebook.
According to the attraction’s website, guests can also put their hands in the freezing water and touch “a real iceberg.”
The Pigeon Forge Police Department confirmed the iceberg wall fell on Monday, injuring several guests shortly before 8 p.m.
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The attraction was closed after the crash on Monday, but reopened to ticketed visitors on Tuesday morning. The area where the iceberg wall fell has been closed and its reconstruction would likely take weeks, according to the owners’ statement.
“Our maintenance professionals are re-evaluating our quality and safety guidelines and we will make any changes, if necessary, to proactively ensure the well-being of all who experience the attractions of the Titanic Museum,” indicates the press release.
Cedar Bay Entertainment opened the ship-shaped attraction in 2010. The popular tourist area is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is home to the Dollywood Amusement Park.
Visitors to the Titanic Museum Attraction are given boarding passes with the names of the passengers and crew of the British liner that sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912. Almost 400 artifacts, such as the porcelain from the ship and a dented lounge chair are on display.
The location of Pigeon Forge is Cedar Bay’s second Titanic Museum; the first is in Branson, Missouri.
Contribution: Eve Chen, USA TODAY