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One dead following accident at Adventureland Park

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Jul 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-05 14:11:56-04

ALTOONA, Iowa (KMTV & AP) — In a statement on social media, Adventureland Park confirmed that one person died following an accident on its Raging River ride on Saturday. The statement said the organization is "saddened" by the death.

The injuries happened after a boat carrying six people flipped over. The ride uses a conveyor belt to move rafts through faux river rapids. Four riders were taken to the hospital, and one died on Sunday. A 68-year-old seasonal employee died on the same ride in 2016 after he fell and became wedged between a boat and a concrete wall.

The Facebook post went on to say, "This investigation is ongoing and the ride remains closed. Adventureland is working closely with both the State and local authorities and would like to thank them again for their efforts. At this time, we ask for your thoughts and prayers for the Guest and their family, as well as for our team members who were onsite."

An earlier post on the amusement park's Facebook page indicates that the accident happened around 7:35 p.m. on Saturday. The park also noted that the ride was inspected on Friday and was found to be in working order.

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