4 killed in Oz theme park ride mishap

Published on : Tuesday, October 25, 2016

theme-park-ride-mishapA ride met with an accident at the Australian theme park, Dreamworld, killing four people on, officials said. The incident took place at Dreamworld, in the Gold Coast metropolitan area in the state of Queensland.

 
Dreamworld chief executive, Craig Davidson, said at a news conference that four people, all adults, were killed on the Thunder River Rapids Ride around 2:20 p.m.

 
The company described the ride on its website as a “white water rafting” adventure in which riders reach speeds of up to 28 miles an hour.

 
Gavin Fuller, a spokesman for the Queensland Ambulance Service, said at the news conference that there had been “some sort of malfunction causing two people to be ejected” from the ride. The two other victims were “caught inside the ride,” he added.
Mr. Fuller said members of the park’s staff gave the victims first aid before paramedics arrived.

 
The Queensland Police Service said in a statement that officers had been called to the scene after reports that “a number of people had been injured by a conveyor belt.”

 
Tod Reid, a Queensland police inspector, said that an investigation was underway and that two women, aged 42 and 32, and two men, 38 and 35, had been killed during the ride.
Dreamworld said that the park would remain closed until further notice and that it was working with the authorities to determine what had happened.

 
The prime minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, said in a statement on Tuesday that he was saddened to learn of the accident.

 
“Theme parks are a place for family fun and happiness, not tragedy,” Mr. Turnbull said.

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