Australia's Dreamland Theme Park Closed After Ride Malfunction Leaves Four Dead


COOMERA, Queensland (CelebrityAccess) — Four people were killed Tuesday when a ride at Australia's largest theme park suffered an apparent malfunction.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, two men, ages 35 and 32, and two women, ages 42 and 38, were pronounced dead at the scene following the incident on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at the Dreamworld theme park in Queensland.

Paramedics who responded to the incident told the Morning Herald that two of the victims were thrown from the ride and the second pair was trapped inside.

Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson announced in a news conference following the incident that the park would be closed until further notice.

"At this stage, the park is closed and Dreamworld is working closely with police and emergency services to establish the facts around the incident. We are deeply shocked and saddened by this and our hearts and our thoughts go to the families involved and to their loved ones," Davidson said.

Dreamworld, located about 45 minutes from Brisbane, is Australia's largest theme park, according to its owner, Ardent Leisure. – Staff Writers