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Iowa amusement park ride where boy died won't open this year

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Adventureland Park Accident

Visitors arrive at the Adventureland Park amusement park, Tuesday in Altoona, Iowa. The father of an 11-year-old boy who died following an accident on the popular boat ride at the park said that his son and other family members were trapped by the ride's seat belts when the boat carrying them flipped.

DES MOINES, Iowa — 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.

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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.

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.

Palace Entertainment, the U.S. subsidiary of Madrid-based Parques Reunidos, bought the almost 48-year-old theme park in December.

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

The Iowa Division of Labor, which licenses amusement park rides, required Adventureland to make several changes and receive approval from the ride’s manufacturer or a certified engineer to reopen the ride.

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