An 8-year-old girl injured at Lost Island Water Park this weekend is now home.
Payton Amling broke her collar bone and was knocked unconscious on a ride called "The Crater".
Her father, Todd Amling, says he was riding with his daughter in a two-person inner tube when she fell out of the tube. Amling says she hit the water's inlet tube and fell several feet. He's unsure of the distance she fell, but when she was pulled out of the splash pool she was unconscious.
Payton was taken to Covenant before she was airlifted to Iowa City to see a neurologist. Her father says doctors found a trace of blood on her brain. They also looked for spinal injuries, but did not see any.
Amling says that the lifeguards handled everything at the water park very well, but he is concerned with the safety of the ride.
Park officials say this is the first time someone has been injured like this at the park.
"That ride specifically has been in operation for about six years, and no incident resulting in similar injuries has ever occurred either," said Eric Bertch, General Manager at Lost Island Water Park.
The ride was closed for more than two hours while park officials tried to recreate the accident without success.
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