Horror as woman plunges to her death from a Texas roller coaster in front of her young son
By David McCormack Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 19 July 2013
The accident happened on the ‘Texas Giant’ ride at about 6:45 p.m. on Friday evening.
One witness told The Dallas News that the woman had gotten on the ride with her son and that they believe she mustn’t have been strapped in correctly.
Witnesses who saw the woman tumble from the ride directed paramedics to the victim’s location.
‘She goes up like this. Then when it drops to come down, that’s when it (the safety bar) released and she just tumbled,’ said Carmen Brown of Arlington. Brown said she was waiting in line to get on the ride when the accident happened.
People waiting in line for the roller coaster said park employees asked them to get out of line after the accident. The park closed an area of Six Flags around the area of the accident.
Officials at Six Flags have not yet revealed details about the woman’s death, but released the following statement: ‘We are deeply saddened to share that earlier this evening an adult woman died in the park while on the Texas Giant.
‘Park medical staff and local paramedics responded immediately. Since the safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation,’ said Sharon Parker, communications manager for Six Flags Over Texas.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time.’
The Texas Giant roller coaster debuted as an all-wooden ride in 1990, and reopened in 2011 redesigned with a steel track during the theme park’s 50th anniversary. The ride’s tallest height is 153 feet and has a drop of 147 feet.
This is the park’s second fatality. In 1999, a 28-year-old Arkansas woman died and 10 others were injured when a boat capsized on the Roaring Rapids ride.
In 2006, nine park patrons were injured on the Texas Tornado when one of the mechanical bearings that spins the ride malfunctioned.
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