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Four Dead After Accident At Australia's Dreamworld Theme Park

Four people have been killed at Dreamworld theme park in Australia after a ride malfunctioned.

The tragic deaths occurred on the water-based Thunder River Rapids ride on Tuesday.

The riders died after the ride up-ended and two of them were thrown from the raft while the other two became trapped in the underwater conveyor belt.

"One of the rides sustained some sort of malfunction causing two people to be ejected from the ride. Another two were caught inside the ride," said Queensland ambulance service spokesman Gavin Fuller.

With circular rafts that have six chairs mounted on a giant tube, the more than two decade old ride allows children as young as two.

In fact, a man almost drowned on a ride with a similar mechanism at Dreamworld in April when the conveyor belt slipped and trapped him while he was on a log ride.

"I understand there were many witnesses," said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. "The scene, I'm told, was horrific. It was a horrific scene."

Australia's prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, released a statement saying he was saddened to hear of the accident.

"Theme parks are a place for family fun and happiness, not tragedy. This is a very, very, sad, tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives," he said.

"This is a very sad day, and we trust there will be a thorough investigation into the causes of this accident over the days to follow."

The Gold Coast's biggest theme park is now coming under severe fire for not performing enough maintenance and replacing old infrastructure.

October 25, 2016 |




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