Texas Woman Dies After Rollercoaster Safety Restraint Fails

Texas Woman Dies After Rollercoaster Safety Restraint Fails

As many of us are, Rosy Esparza was understandably nervous before her first time riding the Texas Giant, located at SixFlags Over Texas, in Arlington. But while most of our fears are unfounded, Rosy’s was not. After expressing her concern about her lap bar not being secure, an employee assured her that everything was fine but minutes later, her seat returned empty. Multiple park guests witnessed the fall that took Rosy’s life. “She goes up like this,” one guest told the affiliate, raising her hand up in the air. “Then when it drops to come down, that’s when it released and she just tumbled.”

The Texas Giant is a 14-story-high roller coaster that boasts what the amusement park calls “the world’s steepest drop.” Originally advertised as an all wooden ride, the coaster was revamped with steel tracks to commemorate the park’s 50th anniversary. SixFlags Over Texas spokeswoman Sharon Parker said the park is committed to determining exactly what happened. “Since the safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation,” the theme park said in a statement.

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