Tragedy on Coaster, Terror on Water Ride Over the Weekend
Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas fell from the ride after some witnesses said she wasn’t properly secured.
The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster – dubbed the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world – but did not specify how she was killed. Witnesses told area media outlets the woman fell.
The Texas Giant roller coaster remained closed on Sunday awaiting a new safety inspection .
Jerry Hagins, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Insurance, said, “The ride has to be stopped and not re-opened until it’s re-inspected by a certified inspector.”
The woman who died was identified as Rosy Esparza of Dallas. She was reportedly making her first visit to the theme park with her son.
Also, over the weekend, a boat on a thrill ride at an amusement park accidentally rolled backward down a hill and flipped over in water when the ride malfunctioned Friday, injuring all seven people on it.
In a 911 recording, the caller says she was on the ride when it capsized. “Some people are still in the water,” she tells the dispatcher.
Cedar Point officials said six of the seven boat passengers on the log flume were evaluated and treated at the park and then were released and the other was taken to a hospital for further evaluation before being released.
Shoot the Rapids, which is rated as an aggressive thrill, “takes you up and splashes you down,” Cedar Point says on its website.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.