Dreamworld just turned into a nightmare.
Police are investigating a horrific accident on a ride at the Queensland, Australia theme park — in which four people lost their lives.
On Tuesday, two men and two women died on the Thunder River Rapids ride — two of them ejected from the ride while the other two were trapped in a conveyor belt underneath the water.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, police describe the incident as a “malfunction” of what park goers consider one of the tamest of the park’s 50 plus attractions.
The ride features six-person circular rafts traveling through an artificial river. The visitors were on the same raft when it flipped on a mechanical section of the track that guides the rafts through a conveyer.
Visitors watched in terror as the water was drained in a desperate attempt to rescue the two trapped people, but to no avail.
Authorities have yet to name the victims, but confirm they were all part of a family group — the women were 42 and 32 years old; the men were 38 and 35.
Eyewitness Claire Wooley told local reporters she saw a young girl screaming for her mother while waiting to go on the ride, recalling:
“We saw a bunch of people running out hysteric, we saw a little girl screaming for her mum, it was scary…We believe she was on the ride, I don’t believe she was in the same raft but we do understand it was her family involved and she was screaming for her mother.”
Wow. Just awful.
A spokesperson for the park, which is Australia’s biggest, said in a statement:
“Dreamworld is working as quickly as possible to establish the facts around the incident and is working closely with emergency authorities and police to do this.”
Officials have promised there will be a full investigation of the horrific scene. Dreamworld will be closed until further notice.
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