Woman dies in fall from Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster

By David Ferguson
Saturday, July 20, 2013 13:17 EDT
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Texas roller coaster accident scene
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Onlookers were horrified Friday night when a woman fell to her death from one of the tallest roller coasters in the world at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas. According to CBS News, investigators are trying to determine whether safety workers at the ride failed to properly secure the woman in her seat when the ride began.

Witnesses who were behind the woman in line say that staffers of the Texas Giant — which is billed as the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world — did not completely fasten the woman’s safety harness.

“They didn’t secure her right,” said Carmen Brown of Arlington, Texas. “One of the employees from the park — one of the ladies — she asked her to click her more than once, and they were like, `As long you heard it click, you’re OK.’ Everybody else is like, `Click, click, click.’ Hers only clicked once. Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn’t feel safe, but they let her still get on the ride.”

Moments later, Brown said, she and other park visitors heard screams.

“We heard her screaming. We were like, `Did she just fall?”‘ Brown said.

The accident took place around 6:30 p.m. and emergency personnel quickly arrived on the scene, although they initially had some difficulty locating the woman’s body. Six Flags over Texas spokesperson Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant, but declined to name the specifics of the fatality.

The section of the park around the Texas Giant will be closed indefinitely as the investigation proceeds. The roller coaster was redesigned from an all-wooden construction into a wood and steel hybrid coaster in 2011.

Watch video about this story, embedded below via Yahoo! News:

CBS News aired video of park-goers’ reactions Friday night, which is embedded below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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