Theme parks are a happy place for family fun and happiness, not tragedies. But things took a horribly wrong turn when four people died after a raft crashed and flipped on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld theme park in Queensland. For those who were looking at a breakdown of what happened, here are 5 facts you should know about the accident.
1. It was a tragic collision
The accident happened when the flume flipped after it came in contact with another carriage towards the end of the ride, tossing some of the passengers onto the conveyor belt, where they were caught in the machinery.
2. There were 4 victims
There were 4 victims from the accident who were pronounced dead. Thankfully, two children managed to extricate themselves from the accident and the Police Department described it as “almost a miracle”.
3. Some rides were not fit for service
In a report by The Guardian, Air compressors on 13 Dreamworld rides, including the rapids ride, were deemed “not fit for service” in an inspection four years ago.
4. The flume ride had just undergone inspection
The flume ride had its annual mechanical and structural safety engineering inspection four weeks ago prior to the accident.
5. The theme park has temporarily stopped its operations
Dreamworld is currently working closely with police and emergency services to establish the facts around the incident. So for those who were thinking of heading to the theme park, you might want to have a change of plans.
The ride is stipulated to reopen this Friday (Oct 28).
This article was first published on Goodyfeed.com