US theme park suspends ‘rapids ride’ after fatal Dreamworld accident

A theme park in Florida has temporarily shut down its river rapids ride after learning of the tragic accident at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast this week.

Busch Gardens, which is a 19th century African-themed animal theme park located in the city of Tampa, has ceased running its Congo River ride until it can be analysed by engineers.

“We have made the decision to close our Congo River Rapids ride while we work with other park operators and ride manufacturers to understand what happened in Australia,” spokeswoman Karen Varga-Sinka told Fox13.


“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved in the tragic incident at Dreamworld.”

Two women, aged 42 and 32, and two men aged 38 and 35 died when the Thunder River Rapids they were on malfunctioned at Dreamworld on Tuesday.

Two children, a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were also on the same ride, however were thrown clear and miraculously escaped injury.

An investigation remains ongoing.