February 28, 2024

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One person died and three were injured while driving at an Iowa amusement park.

The incident occurred on the evening of Saturday, July 3, on the Raging River Ride in Adventureland Park, reports KCCI, a subsidiary of CBS News.

Adventureland Park officials said in a statement that an investigation into the incident is ongoing and the ride will remain closed. The theme park works with state and local authorities.

The ride was last inspected on Friday, KCCI reported.

The River Ride uses a conveyor belt to move rafts through man-made rapids, and the injuries occurred after a boat carrying six people overturned. Rescue workers transported four drivers to the hospital, and the park said Sunday evening that it was “sad” to learn one had died, according to the Associated Press.

“We ask for your thoughts and prayers for the guest and his family as well as for our team members who were there,” said Adventureland in a statement.

The Raging River has been an integral part of the park since 1983. Terry Branstad took part in one of the opening rides, AP reported. Adventureland touts the ride as “a great way to cool off with the whole family,” and warns that attendees could get soaked.

In 2016, a man who worked at Adventureland died while working on the Raging River Ride.