Ride Injuries So Severe They Were 'Incompatible With Life'
A crime scene has been established at Dreamworld after four people were killed on the Thunder River Rapid Rides this afternoon.
Police Representative Todd Reid addressed the media to confirm that a forensic crash unit, detectives and Workplace Health and Safety were all on the scene to begin investigations into the horrific events.
Two men and two women, aged between 32 and their early 40s were killed on the Thunder River Rapids ride shortly after 2:20pm.
According to a representative from Queensland Ambulance, two people were ejected from the ride after it malfunctioned, leading to their death.
A major police investigation continues on the Gold Coast following the tragic death of 4 ppl at a theme park today https://t.co/WEYBanlWQo— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) October 25, 2016
The additional two casualties were caught inside the theme park carriage.
He was unwilling to speculate on whether any of the deceased were trapped under water at any stage.
When Ambulances and emergency personal arrived at the scene, theme park staff were already administering first aid.
But a representative from Emergency Personnel confirmed that the injuries were so severe that they were "incompatible with life".
Due to the timelines of the investigation, the names and identities of the four casualties could not be revealed, however Police are in the process of contacting next of kin.
Witness accounts as well as a technical investigation into the ride will factor into the Police investigation.
Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson also addressed the media to express his sympathy and shock.
"We are deeply shocked and saddened by this and our hearts and our thoughts go to the families involved and their loved ones," he said.
Reports suggest the four victims were members of the same family and hailed from Canberra, however that is yet to be officially confirmed.
The incident occurred on the River Rapid Ride when one carriage allegedly flipped over trapping the victims underneath.
The QPS Media have confirmed the terrible tragedy after responding to calls initially at 2:20pm (AEST) today.
Police are currently investigating an incident that occurred this afternoon at a theme park on the Gold Coast. https://t.co/3buLSxa1qy— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) October 25, 2016
"Police are currently investigating an incident that occurred this afternoon at a theme park on the Gold Coast," the QPS Media statement read.
"Police were called to the site at Coomera around 2.20pm 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."
Emergency services have requested any witnesses come forward so that the exact unfolding of events can be determined.
Dreamworld also released a statement reiterating their cooperation with the police and other emergency personal, as well as sending out their condolences to the family of the deceased.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 orcrimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.