New report details challenges faced by first responders in Adventureland crash
ALTOONA, Iowa (KCRG) – A recently released police report shows there were delays and difficulty getting help for the family injured in the fatal Adventureland crash on Saturday.
The Jaramillo family raft overturned while traveling the Raging River.
The accident killed 11-year-old Michael Jaramillo and seriously injured his older brother, David. A third child, Gus, was also injured. The three children attend school in the Linn-Mar Community School District.
The first 911 call regarding the emergency arrived around 7:30 p.m. on July 3.
But the police report shows that it was probably not an Adventureland staff member who made the call, but other workers preparing for a fireworks display.
They initially thought the screams of the Raging River Ride were funny screams, but then more rafts passed and the riders told the crew there was an emergency.
Fireworks workers located the overturned raft and began CPR.
The police report shows that emergency responders did not have easy access to the overturned raft, calling it a “remote location.”
They had to walk roughly the length of a football field over rough terrain to reach the victims, put them on stretchers and transport them to the waiting ambulances.
The first officer dispatched to the scene was unable to access the park at first because the gate was “closed and appeared to be secured with a heavy chain and padlock”.
As the officer tried to figure out where the emergency was in the park, he encountered three Adventureland staff, but none of them knew about the crash. They couldn’t even direct the agent to a supervisor either.
The officer said he saw a raft “upside down on the south side in the inner corner of the man-made river, the water was not moving and appeared to be about two feet deep.”
The lawyer representing Adventureland issued a statement:
“Access from Adventureland reception to the Raging River route can be achieved in minutes without the need to open a door. Rescue measures were almost immediate from workers near the crash site preparing for a fireworks display. “
The GoFundMe set up for the Jaramillo family amounted to more than $ 43,000 as of Friday morning.
The most recent post on the page says Michael’s brother David is showing signs of improvement.
He says he can answer questions with gestures, turn his head, and even raise his eyebrows and squint.
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