Four killed on theme park ride in Australia

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By Euronews
Four killed on theme park ride in Australia

At least four people have been killed on a ride at Australia’s biggest theme park, the organisation said on Tuesday.

The incident took place at Dreamworld, on the Gold Coast tourist district in Queensland state, police said on their official account on social network Twitter.

Police said they responded to reports of several people injured on a river rapids ride. Witnesses have been quoted as saying a raft overturned.

The ride is said to use circular rafts with six attached seats.

The “Thunder River Rapids” is described on the park website as a “moderate thrill”, involving travelling down turbulent rapids at up to 45 kilometres an hour.

“Dreamworld is working as quickly as possible to establish the facts around the incident,” theme park officials said in a statement, adding that they were working closely with emergency authorities and police.

“Dreamworld’s focus and priority is with the families of those involved in this tragedy and will be providing an update to the public as soon as information becomes available.”