Police will try to learn as soon as possible whether a woman who died while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in the state of Texas fell from the ride because of not being properly secured by staff, as some witnesses report.
The fatal accident took place just after 6:30 p.m. Friday in Arlington, North Texas. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster but didn’t reveal any further details.
Carmen Brown was among the people who were standing in the line for their turn to ride the coaster when the victim was being secured in for the ride.
She told The Dallas Morning News the woman had expressed concerns saying that a park employee hadn’t provide her security in full and she was not secured correctly in her seat.
“He was basically nonchalant,” Brown said. “He was, like, ‘As long as you heard it click, you’re fine.’ Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn’t feel safe. But they let her still get on the ride.”
She said the victim fell out of the ride as it made a sudden maneuver, reports USA Today.
“The lady basically tumbled over,” she said. “We heard her screaming. We were, like, ‘Did she just fall?'”
“She goes up like this. Then when it drops to come down, that’s when it (the safety bar) released and she just tumbled,” another witness, Carmen Brown of Arlington, told the local media.
As the previous woman, she confirmed that the victim wasn’t secured in a proper way.
“They didn’t secure her right. 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.”
Six Flags administration expressed sadness over the death and sent condolences to the victim’s family and said it was temporarily closing the section of the park around the accident site. However, the park didn’t reveal howthe area would be closed for visitors.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time,” the park’s statement said.
“The Texas Giant reaches 14 stories high and has a drop of 79 degrees and a bank of 95 degrees. It can carry up to 24 riders. The ride first opened in 1990 as an all-wooden coaster but underwent a $10 million renovation in 2010 to install steel-hybrid rails before reopening in 2011,” informs The New York Daily News.
Two years ago the mentioned park won The Golden Ticket Award presented by Amusement Today magazine.
By the way, Friday’s accident was not the first ride fatality for a guest at the park since it opened in 1961, reports claim.