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Published: Fri, October 28, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Police say 2 were lucky to survive accident at Aussie park


Kieran is being treated for his injuries at Gold Coast University Hospital with his father at his bedside.

And the Australian Worker's Union had concerns about the number of workers manning the rides at the Gold Coast theme park, it has been revealed.

Codd said that all reports of the ride, including ones that pertain to the ride having other problems beforehand, would be examined as a part of a thorough investigation.

"We are deeply shocked and saddened by today's accident", the park said in a statement following the incident.

However, Queensland Police said they did not intervene and the final decision about keeping the park closed rested with Dreamworld's management.

He said the adults became caught in the ride's machinery.

He called for anyone with eyewitness accounts, mobile phone footage or photos as well as anyone who took a ride on the Thunder River Rapids on Tuesday to come forward. "Sometimes that jolt makes you bounce off your seat".

Dreamworld's parent company Ardent Leisure held its annual general meeting in Sydney with chief executive Deborah Thomas forced to defend herself after admitting she had yet to speak with the relatives of those killed, saying "we didn't know how to contact them".

"Dreamworld has been advised by Queensland Police Service that we are unable to proceed with tomorrow's memorial service as planned", the statement read.

Earlier, Ardent said the ride completed an annual safety inspection less than a month ago.

Dreamworld said the audit was conducted by an external engineering firm, and details would be provided to the coroner and workplace safety investigators.

It's understood the ride's conveyor belt broke on Sunday, leaving riders stuck for about 15 minutes.

The Australian Workers Union said it had voiced concerns about the operation and maintenance of some equipment at Dreamworld past year, while media reports claimed to have uncovered safety mishaps. But on Tuesday, a family was shattered because of a surprising tragic lost.

Tributes continue to flow at the front of Dreamworld, two days after a tragic ride accident killed four people.

Tributes grew up to a 100 metres long for Canberra mother Kate Goodchild, her Canberra-based brother Luke Dorsett, Mr Dorsett's partner Roozi Araghi and an unrelated holidayer, New Zealand-born Sydney mother Cindy Low.

A 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were present when the mechanical failure caused their raft to flip.

A statement posted by Australia's Department of Human Services, where both Dorsett and Goodchild worked, said the pair were "well-liked and respected by their colleagues and will be greatly missed".

"I have two granddaughters - an 8-month-old and a 12-year-old - and it truly breaks my heart to know that my 8-month-old is never going to get to know her mum", Kim Dorsett told The Courier-Mail. "I will give them my sympathies and condolences and the children".

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