Death ride theme park to re-open in Australia
Australia’s biggest theme park announced its re-opening yesterday, six weeks after four people were killed on a malfunctioning water ride, with the all-clear given following a rigorous safety review. 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 park and initially came in for heavy criticism for the way it handled the tragedy, said it would resume operations with all funds from the opening weekend going to charity. Ardent Leisure previously announced the Thunder River Rapids ride will be demolished and a permanent memorial to the victims erected at the site.