A 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.
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