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Adventureland Ride Where Boy Died Won’t Open This Year

Brothers David, from left, Gus and Michael Jaramillo of Marion, Iowa are shown in this undated family photo released by the family’s attorney Ryan Best. An accident on a popular boat ride at Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa on Saturday, July 3, 2021 killed 11-year-old Michael, left his brother David in critical condition, while Gus suffered minor injuries. (Family photo/attorney Ryan Best via AP)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A ride at an Iowa amusement park where an 11-year-old boy died last summer will not reopen this year, the park’s new owners said.

Bill Lentz, general manager of Adventureland in Altoona, said officials have not determined if the Raging River ride will ever reopen, The Des Moines Register reported.

Michael Jaramillo died and his brother and father were injured on July 3, 2021, after their raft overturned and trapped them in the water.

Park owner Palace Entertainment has hired the ride’s original maker, Intamin Amusement Rides, to determine what would be needed to make the ride safe, Lentz said. That project could take several months, he said.

Ryan Best, the attorney representing the Jaramillo family, of Marion, Iowa, said recently his clients believe the ride should never be reopened.



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