An accident on the Raging River ride at Adventurland theme park in Iowa left four people hospitalized on Saturday evening. A ride overturned with six riders on it. Three were in critical condition. Another one has died. The person’s identity hasn’t been revealed yet. The circumstances that led up to Saturday’s incident are currently unclear. Multiple emergency crews were called to the scene, including officials from the Altoona Fire Department and deputies from the Altoona Police Department.“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,” a statement said.
This is not the first fatal accident to have taken place in connection with the Raging River ride at Adventureland Park. The 68-year-old Adventureland Park employee Steve Booher died in 2016 while he was working on the ride as he was helping riders get out of the Raging River rafts at the end of the ride but fell onto the conveyor belt and suffered a fractured skull along with a major brain injury. A description on the Adventureland website describes the ride as being family-friendly. “You will get wet, possibly soaked on this river rapids ride,” the text reads.