Dreamworld ride accident: Multiple deaths confirmed!
Los angeles : In a tragic incident, four people were declared dead at Australia's largest theme park on Wednesday when a thrill ride malfunctioned.
The police statement said “two men, ages 35 and 32, and two women, ages 42 and 38, were pronounced dead following the incident on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at the Dreamworld theme park in Queensland.”
The Police were immediately called to the incident site after eyewitness reported that many people were injured by a conveyor belt.
Gavin Fuller, acting senior operations supervisor for Queensland Ambulance Service told media that one of the rides had sustained some sort of malfunction, causing two people to be ejected from a ride, another two people were caught inside the ride.
He added, “The victims did not survive to injuries and succumbed to death."
Meanwhile, Inspector Tod Reid of the Queensland Police informed reporters that the incident was tragic and an investigation is under way.
“Police is trying to contact the victims' families,” he added.
The park's CEO, Craig Davidson, also announced Dreamworld’s closure at a news conference following the accident.
"At this stage, the park is closed and Dreamworld is working closely with police and emergency services to establish the facts around the incident. We are deeply shocked and saddened by this and our hearts and our thoughts go to the families involved and to their loved ones," Davidson said.
Other shocking tragic ride incidents in 2016:
August 11: A 10-year-old boy was killed while riding a giant Kansas water slide setting a chilling example of the danger that can occur when riding fair and amusement park rides.
August 12: A three-year-old boy apparently fell out of a roller coaster in Pennsylvania. The boy fell off about midway through the ride which hahd no safety belts.
May 6: A woman died in an accident while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park.