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  • News Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

    Sad accident tonight at Six Flags Over Texas. A woman fell out of the New TX Giant and unfortunately died. We'll update this thread with news as we more information is revealed.

    Woman Falls From The Texas Giant To Her Death « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

    ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) - Arlington police are on the scene at Six Flags Over Texas where witnesses say a woman has plummeted to her death from a roller coaster.
    It happened on the Texas Giant, the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world.
    Six Flags spokesperson Sharon Parker sent the following statement to CBS 11 via email.

    We are deeply saddened to share that earlier this evening an adult woman died in the park while on the Texas Giant. Park medical staff and local paramedics responded immediately. Since the safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time.


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    Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

    I actually heard about the event through a video I saw in my subscriptions box.



    I am deeply saddened by this accident and hope the root(s) of the problem will be found and fixed as soon as possible to prevent any further losses.

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    • #3
      Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

      I read she was a mother riding with her son in law and daughter. So sad. Prayers go out to the family. I hope that Six Flags Over Texas keeps the coaster shut down until they can figure out the true cause. Was an interesting story about the family saying her safety harness only clicked once.

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      • #4
        Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

        ^ The "clicking" story that has been going around is actually not accurate.

        The restraints on New Texas Giants are Hydraulic restraints (similar to Xcelerator at knott's) and don't actually "click". In order for the restraints to fail it would have had to have a catastrophic failure on multiple systems as there are many redundancies on those systems.

        The rider has been identified. Sadly this seems to be very similar to the incident on Perilous Plunge but obviously we don't know at this point.

        http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/perso...216239501.html

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        • #5
          Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

          CNN is reporting "A witness said the woman had expressed concern that she was not properly secured in her seat Friday on the Texas Giant roller coaster."

          ...[Carmen] Brown told the Dallas Morning News that the woman had expressed concern to a park employee that she was not properly secured in her seat.

          "He was basically nonchalant," Brown said. "He was, like, 'As long as you heard it click, you're fine.' Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn't feel safe. But they let her still get on the ride."
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          • #6
            Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

            ^ As I mentioned, the ride restraints don't "click". There are quite a few things in this Carmen's story that make me think she's just out to get her face on TV.

            Just as an FYI:

            There were 1,204 ride-related injuries reported in the United States in 2011 — about 4.3 for every million visitors — according to the National Safety Council's most recent data. Of those, 61 were deemed serious. '

            That's an INCREDIBLE safety record. You are more at risk of choking on a piece of popcorn on your couch than getting injured on a roller coaster.

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            • #7
              Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

              Really great article about the incident. For once it looks like somebody in the media did some actual research.

              Investigation of Texas Giant accident to be led by Six Flags | Dallasnews.com - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News




              Kenneth Martin, a roller coaster inspector and accident investigator often hired by lawyers and manufacturers, said there is no Texas agency responsible for accident investigations. And police tend to not pursue deaths and serious injuries without evidence of a crime.



              In a written statement, a Six Flags spokeswoman said that it was too early to comment in detail on the cause.


              Ride closed

              He said a report on their death investigation would not be available earlier than Monday. There is no criminal investigation.



              One witness, Carmen Brown of Arlington, said Esparza was concerned that her safety restraint was not properly secured. Brown said a Six Flags worker assured the victim that she was fine.

              The witness. however. mentioned concerns about the number of times the safety bar clicked when it was lowered. But a representative of the manufacturer said there would be no clicking sound in the hydraulically operated mechanism.






              Safety bars
              Eventually, there should be a ruling about whether there was a mechanical failure or whether Esparza was not secured properly in the car. There could be other scenarios.
              Martin, the ride investigator, said roller coasters have one-size-fits-all safety bars, generally designed for someone who weighs 180 pounds.




              Before Friday, few injuries on the newly reconstructed Texas Giant had been reported to the state. The state Department of Insurance showed four injuries since the ride reopened in 2011.
              The $10 million project transformed it from a wooden roller coaster into a wooden-steel hybrid coaster. It was named the Best New Ride of 2011 by an industry group.
              Overall, the park reported 110 injuries to the state since the start of the 2008 season. These reports, however, are submitted by the ride operators with little outside scrutiny.
              Nationally, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions published a report in March that said in 2011, 4.3 in 1 million people who visited a park or attraction sustained an injury on a ride. The numbers were based on a survey of parks that self-reported injuries on their properties.

              The data did not tabulate deaths.
              The only other death of a guest on a Six Flags Over Texas ride occurred in 1999 when a Roaring Rapids raft capsized. Valeria Cartwright of West Helena, Ark., drowned and 10 others were injured.
              Staff Writer Tanya Eiserer contributed to this report.

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                Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

                Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
                Really great article about the incident. For once it looks like somebody in the media did some actual research.

                Investigation of Texas Giant accident to be led by Six Flags | Dallasnews.com - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News

                Unfortunately riding Roller Coasters can be a dangerous endeavor. I remember this story below back when Colossus opened.

                In 1978, a 20-year-old woman was ejected from the Colossus ride, and fell to her death -


                Another article about a worker at this link.

                Roller Coaster Worker Dies at Magic Mountain - Los Angeles Times

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                • #9
                  Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

                  ^ You are pulling out two stories that happened 20 years apart.

                  The first one yes, it was a tragedy and as such Colossus was changed. The 2nd one, the employee actually tried to jump over the station tracks.

                  Anything can be dangerous, but statistically speaking, riding Roller Coasters is safer than walking to your mailbox.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

                    Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
                    Anything can be dangerous, but statistically speaking, riding Roller Coasters is safer than walking to your mailbox.
                    Roller coasters and airplanes... you never hear the story of how thousands ride/use these conveyances daily without incident. Unfortunately, when one of them goes bad it is usually with dire results.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

                      ^ Exactly. The reason why it's such big news when something like this happens is because it doesn't happen very often.

                      It's sad all the way around when it does but a little perspective always helps.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

                        This is a great article regarding the incident and Roller Coaster safety in general:






                        Before you pull out your pitchforks and call for the death of theme parks, remember this: These were freak accidents, both extremely rare and isolated incidents.



                        But still, freak accidents do happen, although they are rare. The last fatality to happen on a roller coaster in the United States at a major theme park (excluding carnivals) was in July 2011, when a man, a U.S. Army veteran who had lost both of his legs in Iraq, was ejected from Ride of Steel at Darien Lake in New York, according to amusementsafety.org.

                        When an accident happens, it makes national news. Why? Because it is nearly unheard of. A freak accident, if you will.

                        And that is a testament to the safety of roller coasters.









                        People die or are injured in car crashes every day. You are more at risk of dying in a car crash on your way to a theme park than you are at the actual park itself. Where is the outrage after a fatal car accident? Because they are commonplace.







                        Six Flags Over Texas wisely refused to speculate, instead doing the right thing and assuring guests that safety is their top priority, and a full investigation will reveal what really happened.

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                          Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

                          I like to point out, when people compare roller coaster accidents to other "unsafe" things, those activities that are a lot more dangerous are necessary. Transportation is needed, eating is needed, walking is needed....roller coasters are optional. I'm sure driving is a lot more safe than swinging on a trapeze, it's just one matters to me.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Woman falls out of New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

                            The fact that riding roller coasters isn't a "necessity" doesn't make them any less safe.

                            The things that are necessities should be as safe as Roller Coasters are. Sadly that's not true.
                            Last edited by sir clinksalot; 07-26-2013, 08:27 AM.

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