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August 13, 1999

Investigators Continue To Look For Clues At Riverside

Agawam, MA -- State, park and outside inspectors are continuing to look for clues into what may have caused the accident last Saturday on the Blizzard River whitewater river attraction at Riverside Park.

Investigators are hoping to find a clue as to what may have caused one of the rides eight-passenger rafts to flip, dumping the passengers into the fast moving river.

The eight passengers riding in the raft, six adults and two children were suddenly trapped under the circular outer tube and fiberglass inner section, after it flipped.

As of Wednesday morning two of accident victims remain hospitalized. John Pascone, 34, of Dayville, Conn. was in critical condition, according to a hospital report.

Park officials and investigators have yet to announce any possible cause.

In response to the accident Premier Parks, Inc ordered all similar attractions closed at all of the companies amusement parks. This is the second accident this year at a park owned by Premier, on this type of attraction.

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