QUEENSLAND, Australia– An accident on a water ride has killed four park patrons- two men and two women at Australia’s largest amusement park. The tragedy comes after a 12 year-old Caleb Schwab’s death on Schlitterbahn’s soaring Verrückt water slide over the summer.
This most recent fatal accident happened on the Thunder River Rapids Ride Tuesday.
Two of the four victims were thrown off the ride when it malfunctioned and the other two were trapped inside according to the Australian news agency, ABC.
Police Inspector Tod Reid said a 42-year-old woman, a 38-year-old man, a 35-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman all were killed.
Early investigations suggests that water pushed one raft into another and one of the rafts tipped over, ejecting the riders.
“[The ride] had sustained some sort of malfunction causing two people to be ejected … another two people were caught inside the ride,” Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Gavin Fuller said.
“Two males and two females, they were assessed by Queensland ambulance personnel and had all sustained injuries that were incompatible with living.”
According to the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), injuries that are incompatible with living are those “where it would be appropriate to withhold the commencement of CPR”.
Dreamworld is known by many for being the location of the Australian Big Brother house since the program began in Australia in 2001. In December 2006, Dreamworld expanded its offerings by opening WhiteWater World adjacent to the main park.
Six Flags in St. Louis has a similar ride.