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Facebook review of Dreamworld theme park warned 'someone will get killed one day' just weeks before fatal accident

Mirror Mirror 26/10/2016 Steve Robson

A Facebook review of Dreamworld theme park warned of mechanical problems on rides just weeks before four people died in an horrific accident.

A woman called Tracey Christensen wrote a lengthy post on the park's social media page complaining about a visit she made with her family on October 10.

She claimed at least four rides had been closed because of "operational" issues while she was there and that on one ride her child's seat buckle had come loose.

Ms Christensen ended the complaint with the chilling warning: "Someone will get seriously injured or killed one day!"

The post was picked up after two men and two women died on the 34-year-old Thunder River Rapids Ride at the attraction in Queensland, Australia.

Three of the victims have been named as friends Kate Goodchild, Roozi Araghi, Luke Dorsett (Kate's brother) - plus an unnamed 42-year-old woman.

It has been claimed that two children, aged 10 and 12, belonged to the two women who died in the accident - and were both thrown clear during it.

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The Facebook post comes amid claims that the Thunder River Rapids ride should have been closed for maintenance at the time of the accident.

Hacking Group Anonymous and members of the public claim the Dreamworld website had listed it as being scheduled for annual maintenance for the next week.

However, this has not been confirmed by the theme park.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Under the opening hours section of the park's website the rapids ride was listed as being closed from Tuesday onwards, according to customers who logged on in the wake of the tragedy.

A Facebook group called 'We are Anonymous' has taken screengrabs of the page and posted them online.

It says: "This ride will be closed for annual maintenance from Tuesday 25 October through to Monday 31 October 2016 inclusive".

But the page has seemingly been updated since and now says: "The park is closed until further notice."

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Helen Morris, from Neath in Wales, also spotted the website dates and posted a screengrab along with a link to the site on Twitter saying: "Wasn't Thunder River Rapids supposed to be closed for maintenance from today?"

A few hours later she noticed that it had been changed and tweeted: "Instead of giving the maintenance dates 25-31/10, the Thunder Rapids page now says that the dates are not available?! Strange. #Dreamworld".

The tragedy at the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast , the main tourist district in Australia's northeastern state of Queensland, ranks among the world's deadliest theme park accidents. 

Ambulance spokesman Gavin Fuller said: "One of the rides sustained a malfunction, causing two people to be ejected from a ride, and the other two were caught inside."

It was not immediately clear if the victims were locals or tourists, police said.

Park operators Ardent Leisure Group said in a statement that it was working with emergency services to establish what had happened.

It added: "Dreamworld will remain closed tomorrow as a mark of respect for the victims and their families."

The ride, meant to simulate going over river rapids, uses round floating devices that seat six, and can reach speeds of 45 kph (28 mph). It is described by Dreamworld as a "moderate thrill" attraction for those older than two.

Visitors to the theme park said they had seen repairs to the ride before the accident, but a Dreamworld spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm the reports.

Mirror Online has contacted the theme park for comment.

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