Nearly four years after a ride malfunction at an Australian theme park left four people dead, the company that operates the venue has been fined more than $2 million.
On Monday, Ardent Leisure — a company that owns multiple amusement parks — was fined 3.6 million Australian dollars, which equates to about $2.5 million, in connection with the deaths of the four park-goers, CNN reported.
This past summer, Ardent Leisure pleaded guilty to three safety charges.
The four people — Kate Goodchild, Roozi Araghi, Cindy Low and Luke Dorsett — died in October 2016 after a collision on the Queensland park’s Thunder River Rapids ride caused the raft they were aboard to flip over, according to CNN. Two children survived the incident: Goodchild’s daughter, 12, and Low’s son, 10.
Ardent Leisure’s chairman, Garry Weiss, and the CEO of its theme parks division, John Osbourne, apologized “unreservedly for the past circumstances and failures at Dreamworld” in a statement to Australian outlet Nine News.
“Ardent accepts responsibility for this tragedy without qualification or reservation,” reads their statement. “Today we accept the Court’s decision to impose a fine of $3.6 million which is the largest fine in Queensland history for a workplace tragedy.”
Ardent Leisure had reportedly faced a potential fine of up to 4.5 million Australian dollars.