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Kings Dominion water ride shut down after woman is injured

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DOSWELL, Va. (WSET) -- A water ride at Kings Dominion said its been shut down indefinitely to investigate what caused a woman to be hospitalized on the Fourth of July.

“The safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority and the ride remains closed at this time while park officials conduct an investigation,” Kings Dominion spokeswoman Katelyn Sherwood said in a statement Wednesday to the Richmond-Times Dispatch.

A woman was injured on the Tornado, a raft ride that takes park goers through a slide and up a 65 ft. tall funnel.

Her husband told WTVR that their raft flipped and his wife hit her head and he said that she “almost drowned” because she was unconscious.

The spokeswoman said the injury happened in the catch pool area.

On Tuesday July 4, around 2:00 pm, we received a report of a guest injury on the Tornado, a ride in the Soak City water park. Lifeguards who were at their posted positions in the water at the ride, as well as park medical staff, immediately responded. The guest was transported to the hospital. The safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority and the ride remains closed at this time while park officials conduct an investigation.

The woman was treated at the scene before she was taken to the hospital.

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