An 11-year-old boy was killed and three others were left injured after a tragic accident at a theme park on Saturday, July 4.

Six people were on the Raging River water ride at Adventureland Park in Altoona when the circular raft flipped at about 7:30 pm, according to a statement from Altoona Police Department.

Four riders were hospitalized, including three with critical injuries, one of whom is a child fighting for their life in hospital.

The fourth, identified as 11-year-old Michael Jaramillo, later died, the New York Post reports.

Police said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jaramillo family as they navigate the heartbreaking loss of their child.

“Altoona Detectives are working with the State Inspector and Adventureland Park to understand this tragic accident.”

Off-duty officers and the fire department rushed to the scene alongside security staff from the theme park.

The other wounded riders weren’t identified by police or the amusement park, reports say.

In a statement, Adventureland said: "Adventureland is saddened to learn of the passing of one guest involved in the Raging River accident.

"This investigation is ongoing and the ride remains closed. Adventureland is working closely with both state and local authorities, and would like to thank them again for their efforts.”

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The water ride, which requires guests to be at least 3 feet tall, was inspected just a day before the incident and was found to be in "sound working order."

However, the park has said the ride will be thoroughly inspected while it remains closed and said, “Our thoughts are with the affected families at this time.”

The Raging River, which dates to 1983, was shut down last year and had just reopened for the first time this season, KCCI reported.

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The incident marked the second fatality on the ride in the last five years after park employee, Steve Booher, 68, was killed while assisting riders in 2016, just six days after starting his job.

Booher reportedly fell onto the ride’s conveyor belt, fracturing his skull and injuring his brain. He died from his injuries four days later.

The park was fined a maximum $4,500 (£3,200) by the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the bloke's deadly accident, according to the report.

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