Four dead in Aus­tralian theme park ac­ci­dent

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FOUR peo­ple were killed in an ac­ci­dent at a theme park on Aus­tralia’s pop­u­lar Gold Coast yes­ter­day, po­lice said, with wit­nesses de­scrib­ing how “every­one was scream­ing” af­ter a raft ap­par­ently flipped on a wa­ter-based ride.

The Dream­world theme park, which has over 40 rides and at­trac­tions, said at least three peo­ple died, but po­lice said four were dead.

“Four adults have been con­firmed as be­ing de­ceased,” Queens­land po­lice said, adding the in­ci­dent in­volved a con­veyor belt.

The Gold Coast Bul­letin said the vic­tims were on the Thun­der River Rapids ride, which uses a con­veyor belt and six-per­son cir­cu­lar rafts.

A wit­ness who was about to go on the ride said “every­one was scream­ing” af­ter a raft ap­par­ently flipped.

“We saw [a] lit­tle girl and we be­lieve it was her mum be­cause it was just her and her lit­tle sis­ter that was an in­fant,” Lia Capes told the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

An­other wit­ness, who did not want to be named, told the Gold Coast Bul­letin, “My sis­ter and niece were on the ride. They are so trau­ma­tised. There was a woman hang­ing by her foot, crushed from the ride.”

Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate said it was a “very sad day for our city”.

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