A woman died after falling from the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster of the world at an amusement park in North Texas Friday.
According to a statement released by the Six Flags amusement park’s management, the incident took place shortly after 6:30 PM. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed the death of the woman, but did not specify how she was killed. According to eyewitnesses, the woman died after falling from the roller coaster.
"Since the safety of our guests and employees in our number one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation," the Park’s statement said, according to CNN.
Meanwhile, Six Flags has expressed regret over the accidental death and said it was provisionally shutting down the section of the amusement park. However, it did not specify how long the section would remain closed.
“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,” according to the Washington Post.
Witness Carmen Brown of Arlington said she was sitting next in line after the lady and saw her being strapped into her seat next to her son.
Meanwhile, in another amusement park accident Friday, a boat on an adventure rise in Ohio turned over to the rear and down a hill, tossing over in water. The accident left wounded at least seven people, reports said. Water ride was stopped in the park after the accident that reportedly took place on the first hill in the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.
It should be noted that in 1999, a woman from Arkansas drowned and 10 people were wounded after a boat overturned in two to three feet of the water on the Roaring Rapids ride at Six Flags.