Woman Dies on Roller-Coaster After Expressing Safety Concerns

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Recently, a woman fell to her death from a roller coaster at Six Flags in Dallas, Texas. The tragedy occurred on Friday, July 19, 2013 and marked the second fatality that occurred from one of the rides since the park opened back in 1961. On Saturday, July 20, Six flag issued a statement that an internal investigation was underway and ongoing about the woman’s death.
While the woman’s name has not yet been released, several witnesses reported to the media that she had not been properly secured in her seat on the roller coaster. A Six Flags park spokesperson claimed that the woman died “on the ride,” although visitors claimed they witnessed her falling from the roller coaster sometime after 6:30 PM. Soon afterward, paramedics appeared at the scene of the tragedy.
One witness came forward to report that the woman who fell to her death had voiced concern to a park employee upon entering the ride that she was not secure in the seat. A second witness later posted on his Twitter page that he thought it appeared as though the woman’s seatbelt had opened. A few other witnesses stated that the woman was thrown from the ride as the coaster made a sharp turn.
The Texas Six Flags park opened in 1990 and boasted the world’s tallest wooden roller coaster, which was closed in November 2009. This was done to convert it into a different version that was made from both wood and steel. The newly rebuilt roller coaster includes a track that extends 4,700 feet and combines new pieces with bits of the old structure. The finished product was reopened in April 2011 and is capable of speeds of up to 65 miles per hour with a 79 degree drop and three turns that are greater than 90 degrees.
In addition to the demise of the woman on the roller coaster, another incident occurred that day on a boat ride at Cedar Point in Ohio. The boat maneuvered backward down a hill, then flipped in the water due to a malfunction in the ride. The result was seven people on the ride becoming injured.

Recently, a woman fell to her death from a roller coaster at Six Flags in Dallas, Texas. The tragedy occurred on Friday, July 19, 2013 and marked the second fatality that occurred from one of the rides since the park opened back in 1961. On Saturday, July 20, Six flag issued a statement that an internal investigation was underway and ongoing about the woman’s death.

While the woman’s name has not yet been released, several witnesses reported to the media that she had not been properly secured in her seat on the roller coaster. A Six Flags park spokesperson claimed that the woman died “on the ride,” although visitors claimed they witnessed her falling from the roller coaster sometime after 6:30 PM. Soon afterward, paramedics appeared at the scene of the tragedy.

One witness came forward to report that the woman who fell to her death had voiced concern to a park employee upon entering the ride that she was not secure in the seat. A second witness later posted on his Twitter page that he thought it appeared as though the woman’s seatbelt had opened. A few other witnesses stated that the woman was thrown from the ride as the coaster made a sharp turn.

The Texas Six Flags park opened in 1990 and boasted the world’s tallest wooden roller coaster, which was closed in November 2009. This was done to convert it into a different version that was made from both wood and steel. The newly rebuilt roller coaster includes a track that extends 4,700 feet and combines new pieces with bits of the old structure. The finished product was reopened in April 2011 and is capable of speeds of up to 65 miles per hour with a 79 degree drop and three turns that are greater than 90 degrees.

In addition to the demise of the woman on the roller coaster, another incident occurred that day on a boat ride at Cedar Point in Ohio. The boat maneuvered backward down a hill, then flipped in the water due to a malfunction in the ride. The result was seven people on the ride becoming injured.

 

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