Woman falls to her death from Texas roller coaster
A woman was reportedly killed when she fell from a Texas roller coaster Friday evening.
Six Flags Over Texas woman fell from the Texas Giant roller coaster at amusement parks in Arlington. An eyewitness reported the accident on Twitter shortly before 8 p.m. EDT.
"Literally just witnessed someone fly off of the Texas giant (sic) two seats in front of me," Joshua Paul Fleak (@joshfleak) wrote.
Fleak later tweeted that a restraint on the woman's car came undone and she flew out when the coaster turned.
The amusement park later confirmed the fatal accident, issuing the following statement:
"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."
"We are deeply saddened about a death this evening on the Texas Giant. Our prayers are with the family and friends," park officials tweeted Friday night.
Six Flags said it was closing the section of the park around the accident site temporarily but didn't say for how long. It also expressed sadness over the accident.
NBCDFW.com reports the Texas Giant underwent a $10 million overhaul two years ago. The renovation added a steel track to the wooden roller coaster and made the ride higher and faster.
The Texas Giant reaches 14 stories high and has a drop of 79 degrees. It can carry up to 24 riders.