Inquest hears Dreamworld deaths could have been prevented with the press of a button


A maintenance supervisor at Dreamworld has told an inquest the button which could’ve prevented the fatal accident that killed four people, wasn’t checked. Stephen Murphy says he’d never pressed the button and was unsure what it actually did.

Tom Fleming reports.

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The Thunder River Rapids ride was said to have broken down twice on the day prior to the deadly accident.

The emergency stop button on the control panel wasn’t subject to regular maintenance checks the ride operator unaware there even was a button within reach.

The inquest into the deaths of Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi resumed at Southport Coroner’s Court.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says everything possible must be done to prevent tragedies like this from occurring again.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier: “The police will do an absolute thorough investigation, as will the coroner. We need to ensure that this never, ever happens again.”

The inquest was also shown a work order from the day after the tragedy, scheduling annual preventative maintenance on the fatal ride.

Court also heard there’d been two incidents in 2001 and 2014 in which the rafts collided in a similar style to the 2016 tragedy.

However, maintenance supervisor Stephen Murphy says he was unaware of these prior incidents.

A Dreamworld employee who was fired after the 2014 incident is expected to give evidence tomorrow.

Tom Fleming, QUT News.