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22nd Aug 2022

Dad sues theme park after son breaks arm falling two metres off ‘do not climb’ train

Kieran Galpin

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It’s not yet clear whether the sign was in place during their visit

A family is suing a theme park in Australia after their six-year-old boy fell from a static rollercoaster and broke his arm in several places.

On June 11, the family was visiting DreamWorld on Australia’s Gold Coast for the park’s Night Market, an event which keeps the park open for longer and hosts an array of stalls. The unnamed boy was playing on a stationary train attraction, at which point he fell two metres onto concrete and broke his arm.

The boy sustained life-changing injuries, and his breaks were so bad that they might never heal.

However footage later uploaded to YouTube shows clear “Do not climb” signs in place, despite the boy’s father, Josh, insisting that there was no signage or fencing. He also says that other kids were also playing on the ride.

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“He slipped off the train, the surface was concrete and he broke his humerus bone straight through,” Josh told the Courier Mail.

Doctors allegedly said that the boy’s break was as bad as they come.

“The doctor said to us, if he did to his head what he did to his arm, we wouldn’t be in this situation. It’s a horrible thing to say, but it would be another fatality,” Josh explained, adding that his son is now traumatised.

Alongside the several steel rods already in his arm, the boy could also be faced with numerous operations.

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“We’re not talking about someone out for a big payday, this is a genuine case where a six-year-old has fallen,” said the family’s lawyer Vernesa Rogulja. “We don’t know what his recovery looks like yet.”

DreamWorld has said it “acknowledges the recent incident in which a child climbed onto a stationary children’s photo opportunity and subsequently fell from it, sustaining injury.”

A spokesperson for the park added: “Our thoughts remain with the child and his family, and we wish him a full and fast recovery.”

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