Australia theme park to demolish death ride
AN Australian theme park will demolish a water ride that killed four people, and ordered an independent safety review of all its attractions.
Two women and two men died when rafts on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the hugely popular Dreamworld tourist attraction on the Gold Coast collided on October 25.
Ardent Leisure, which owns the theme park and came in for criticism for the way it handled the tragedy, said the ride would be shut down.
Chief executive Deborah Thomas said that a permanent memorial was planned, with input from the families of the dead.
Police wrapped up their investigations earlier this week and handed back control of the park to management, but Dreamworld is yet to announce when it will reopen.
In the aftermath of the accident, the Australian Workers Union said it had voiced concerns about the operation and maintenance of some equipment at Dreamworld last year, while media reported alleged safety mishaps.
Dreamworld is conducting its own internal review of what went wrong and announced a fully independent external probe of all its rides and operating systems by a mechanical engineering firm.
The park, Australia’s biggest, has hosted 30 million people since opening in 1981 and last month’s disaster was its first fatal accident. –