Mom Falls From Roller Coaster & Dies at Six Flags Amusement Park (VIDEO)

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texas giant roller coaster six flagsA fun evening at a Six Flags amusement park in Arlington, Texas, turned into tragedy when a mother died while riding the roller coaster with her daughter and son-in-law. A spokesperson for the amusement park confirmed the woman's death but did not say how she died. Witnesses say that the women fell from the ride.

The woman was on the Texas Giant roller coaster, which is said to be the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world -- it is 14 stories high and has a drop of 79 degrees and a bank of 95 degrees. It can carry up to 24 riders. Witnesses are questioning whether the safety bar in her car had been working properly.

One witness, who saw the woman being strapped in next to her son, told the Dallas Morning News:

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.

She goes up like this. Then when it drops to come down, that's when it (the safety bar) released and she just tumbled.

Passengers and witnesses were hysterical, and one witness says he heard two people screaming:

My mom! My mom! Let us out, we need to go get her!

Fire crews had to use a ladder truck to get to the platform below the roller coaster where the woman's body had fallen.

 

Six Flags released the following statement:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. The investigation into the death at Texas Giant is still ongoing. We are working closely with authorities to determine the cause of the accident. The ride will remain closed. In addition, we have canceled the concert that was scheduled for today.

 

 

Image via Dallas Morning News

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jalaz77 jalaz77

Oh no. I see a future lawsuit and there should be. She asked to be clicked again. Not good. So so sad for the family.

Momof... Momof8kiddies

That's awful... What a terrible accident...Idk who they hire in 6 Flags Texas but I live very close to a 6 Flags & most of their employees are foreign teenagers, many of whom have a very poor grasp on the English language... I always felt that teens in general shouldn't be ride operators...

dreab... dreabug23

The Six Flags here in Atlanta seems to hire only moody teenagers. I wrote them off long ago.

I feel for this family.

Gwend... Gwendlite

I have ridden this roller coaster over 100 times in my lifetime, this happening really never crossed my mind.....so freaking scary!!!!! The ride itself feels like your going to break you back anyway.

2inblue 2inblue

I live by the park.... so sad. There are mostly teens there and I think they need to change that. That ride was just completely rebuilt a year ago too.

momma... mommaleach

wow... she was too big for that ride? and she still chose to ride anyway?!

youth... youthfulsoul

That's so horrific. I didn't see anything that said she was too big for the ride. All of those types of rides really should have shoulder type harnesses. Those lap bars are clearly useless.

Roxan... Roxanne92

All ride should have better safety straps/ harnesses

WifeM... WifeMomStudent

They just reopened this ride last year after a huge remodel on it. It used to be totally wooden. I don't understand the click thing though because if I'm remembering right its hydraulic and it doesn't click or make any noise when it goes down & the ride won't take off if all the things aren't down even if there's no one in the seat

Paws84 Paws84

That's terrible, so sad. I feel bad for her son.

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