Castle Park ride in Riverside injures 3 people, one critically – The Desert Sun

Castle Park ride in Riverside injures 3 people, one critically - The Desert Sun
Log ride malfunction injures 3 family members, 1 critically, at California amusement park
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (FOX 11) – A man was critically injured and his wife and child suffered less-severe injuries when the log ride at the Castle Park amusement park in Riverside malfunctioned and threw them into the water, authorities said.

The accident was reported about 4 p.m. on Sturday at Castle Park, 3500 Polk St., Riverside Fire Department Capt. Brian Guzzetta said.

Riverside Fire spokesman Bruce Vanderhorst said firefighters received a call at 4:47 p.m. that one of the log-shaped boats had overturned in the flume, throwing riders off and trapping them in the water.

The failure of a pump that normally provides an ample flow of water to slow the ride as it descends down a slope caused the car the family was in to gain too much speed and hit the bottom unusually hard, throwing the three out of the car,  Guzzetta said.

May 26– Three people were injured, one critically, when they were ejected from the log ride Saturday afternoon at Castle Park amusement park in Riverside, fire officials said.

They were quickly removed from the shallow water, but the man suffered injuries that left him in critical condition, Guzzetta said.

When paramedics arrived, Castle Park emergency medical technicians had removed the victims from the water and were treating three for injuries.

The log ride and adjacent rides were shut down for investigations by the city of Riverside and Castle Park, he said. The rest of the rides remained open.

When paramedics arrived, Castle Park emergency medical technicians had removed the victims from the water and were treating three for injuries.

The log ride flipped over with a mother, father and their son inside, according to NBC Los Angeles. The mother was ejected from the ride, the fire department said.

By Saturday evening, one adult was in critical condition and another had suffered moderate injuries. A 10-year-old boy had minor injuries.

The ride was shut down but the park is open. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) will conduct an inspection and investigation of the ride.

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“First and foremost — our thoughts and prayers are with the guests involved,” Castle Park said in a statement. “Safety is our number one priority and we have begun conducting a full investigation.”

Every ride is inspected and signed off before it opens on a daily basis, a company spokeswoman also told the outlet.


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