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At least four killed on Dreamworld ride in Australia

The incident is believed to have happened on the Thunder River Rapids ride, described as one of the park’s family rides, open to children as young as two

At least four persons were killed on a ride at Dreamworld theme park on Australia’s Gold Coast, The Guardian has confirmed. It cited an AP report that the deceased were two men and two women, understood to be in their late 20s or older.

Earlier, the Queensland police released a statement, saying: “Police are currently investigating an incident that occurred this afternoon at a theme park on the Gold Coast. Police were called to the site at Coomera around 2.20 pm following reports that a number of people had been injured by a conveyor belt.

“Four adults have been confirmed as being deceased. Police and other emergency services remain on the scene and no further information can be released at this stage,” it added.

The incident is believed to have happened on the Thunder River Rapids ride, described as one of the park’s family rides, open to children as young as two.

It’s a water-based ride and passengers sit six on a craft. The park’s website describes it as a “moderate thrill” allowing passengers to “travel down a foamy water track past the Gold Rush Country, speeding up to 45 km/h through the turbulent rapids”.

The Guardian said there were unconfirmed reports that the craft flipped and trapped the passengers.

Dreamworld bills itself as Australia’s biggest theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions.

The theme park issued a statement confirming the three deaths.

“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,” the statement said.

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