3 Hurt in Amusement Park Log Ride Crash

Woman was critically injured after ride malfunctioned
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 27, 2019 12:03 AM CDT
3 Family Members Hurt in Log Ride Crash
This Saturday, May 25, 2019, photo released by the Riverside Fire Department shows a log ride that malfunctioned at Castle Park in Riverside, Calif.   (Riverside Fire Department via AP)

Authorities say three members of a family were injured, one critically, when they were ejected from the log ride at a southern California amusement park. Fire officials say the ride malfunctioned and one of the log-shaped vessels overturned Saturday at Castle Park in Riverside, the AP reports. Officials say riders were thrown from the vessel and trapped in the water. Fire Capt. Brian Guzzetta says a woman was hospitalized in critical condition. A man and a 10-year-old boy were treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

Guzzetta says a pump apparently malfunctioned, preventing the flow of water onto the track. He says when the log descended from one of the falls, there wasn't enough water to slow it down and it crashed. The log ride is closed during an investigation but Castle Park will remain open through the weekend. "First and foremost—our thoughts and prayers are with the guests involved," Castle Park said in a statement to NBC. "Safety is our number one priority and we have begun conducting a full investigation."

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