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October 25th, 2016, 01:51 AM
Dreamworld emergency: Police confirm four dead in Gold Coast theme park accident

Four adults have died in an accident on a family ride at the Gold Coast's Dreamworld theme park, police have confirmed.

It is believed the victims were three men and a woman all aged over 25 and from the same family, possibly from interstate. Children are understood to have survived the accident.

"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," the Queensland Police Service statement read.

"Four adults have been confirmed as being deceased."

Aerial footage suggests the accident happened on the Thunder River Rapids family ride.

Footage showed one of the ride's six-seat tyre-style rafts flipped on the conveyor belt that usually delivers them back to the boarding and disembarking area.

Multiple people were trapped, 9NEWS understands, and emergency services are treating the accident as a critical incident.

One witness told 9NEWS that she had been on the same ride about 10 minutes before the accident.

"It wasn't long before that we were on it, and then the park started getting shut down and we saw the helicopters," she said outside the park.

"We were walking out and heard that the mother, the father and the uncle got seriously injured and possibly died."

According to Dreamworld, visitors as young as two years old can ride the Thunder River Rapids, but under-fours must be accompanied by an adult.

Dreamworld said it was working with authorities in the wake of the accident.

"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."

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate also issued a statement about the accident, calling today "a very sad day for our city".

"Our thoughts are with the families of those affected and the emergency staff in attendance," he wrote.

"I urge everyone to show the respect needed as the relevant authorities undertake investigations in to what has occurred.

"A truly sad day for all."

Dreamworld shut down after the accident, and visitors could be seen gathered outside the park at 4pm AEST.

Any witnesses have been urged to contact Dreamworld staff.

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