SYDNEY Jan 11 Twenty people were trapped for
almost two hours at the top of a roller coaster ride at a theme
park on Australia's Gold Coast on Wednesday, said emergency
services, only a few months after an accident on a neighbouring
theme park ride killed four people.
Those trapped on the Arkham Asylum Coaster ride were seated
in chairs suspended from the ride. Most were easily rescued, but
four could only be reached by emergency personnel using a ladder
platform, according to a spokeswoman for Queensland Fire and
Emergency Services. No one was injured.
The latest incident at the Warner Bros. Movie World park,
owned by Australia's Village Roadshow Ltd, follows a
deadly accident at Dreamworld theme park owned by Ardent Leisure
Group in October, 2016.
Four people were killed on a river rapids ride at
Dreamworld, ranking it among the world's deadliest theme park
Village Roadshow shares were trading 2.5 percent lower on
Wednesday, while the overall market was trading 0.4 percent
higher. Village Roadshow in November said it had experienced
"inconsistent trading" at its Gold Coast theme parks in
Queensland state in the wake of the Dreamworld accident.
(Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Michael Perry)