GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The family of a 6-year-old girl who died at a Colorado amusement park is raising money to pay for her funeral as an investigation continues into what happened.
The girl was identified as Wongel Estifanos on Wednesday by Garfield County Coroner Rob Glassmire, who released a link to a GoFundMe page endorsed by her family. On it, they described Wongel as “beautiful, caring and cheerful who loves Jesus so much" for a young girl.
Few details have been released. Suzanne Emery with the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park previously said “an incident” occurred Sunday evening on the Haunted Mine Drop ride that caused the death.
Glenwood Caverns will remain closed through Thursday because of the investigation, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported. The investigation is being led by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's Division of Oil and Public Safety with help from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and coroner, labor department spokeswoman Cher Haavind said Tuesday. The investigation could take weeks to complete and months to complete a report, she said.
Documents show the ride passed each of its annual regulation compliance inspections by third parties since it opened in July 2017. It is billed as the first drop ride to go underground.