Des Moines — An 11-year-old boy died on Sunday after being injured in a water ride at Adventureland Park in Altoona.
Altoona police said Monday that Michael Jaramiro, 11, was injured and died on Sunday. The other child remained in danger and the other two were slightly injured.
The park said in a Facebook post that six riders were on the Raging River raft when it capsized around 7:30 pm on Saturday. Four riders were taken to the hospital and the park said it was “sad” to learn that one had died on Sunday night.
The ride has been closed and park officials said they were working with the authorities.
Police spokeswoman Alyssa Wilson said the detective was working with Adventureland and state inspectors “to understand this tragic accident.”
Adventureland has touted the Raging River attraction as “a great way to cool off with the whole family,” warning that participants could get soaked. Riders use a conveyor belt to traverse the rapids on a large circular raft. Since Gov in 1983, it has become a staple of the park. Terry Branstad took one of the first vehicles.
A state inspection on Friday revealed that it was working properly, said Guy Cook, a lawyer who represents Adventureland in the personal injury case and is helping the park respond.
In 2016, Steve Bucher, 68, died while working on a ride, just six days after a summer job at Adventureland. Bucher helped the rider get off when he fell on a conveyor belt, broke his skull, and suffered a major brain injury.
He died four days later. Last December, the park settled a tort proceeding filed by 47-year-old Bucher’s wife and her adult children for an undisclosed amount.
The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the theme parks $ 4,500 after Bucher’s death. This is the maximum amount that authorities can evaluate for such a breach.
Cook said there was nothing in common between the two accidents, but he could not comment on Saturday’s accident until the investigation was completed.
“Safety is Adventureland’s top priority,” Cook wrote in a text message to the Associated Press. “Raging River Ride has been in operation for nearly 40 years. It’s a safe ride.”
According to court records, Adventureland has recently been sued by people who have been seriously injured in other vehicles, including waterslides.
According to Iowa OSHA records, the agency fined Adventureland in 2018 after an employee working on a roller coaster knocked off a transformer and fell to the ground when he was hit by a test drive. The employee broke his arm and was hospitalized. Adventureland has resolved the safety breach by agreeing to pay $ 14,500 in 2019.
Contribution: Associated Press.
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One person died after Raging River accident in Iowa
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