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ARLINGTON, Tex. (KTVT) – Theme parks are supposed to be a place of fun, where you can forget about all of the problems of the world. But one family will never be able to look at a roller coaster the same way again.
It was Rosy Esparza’s first time at Six Flags. Family members identified her as the woman who was thrown off the “Texas Giant” roller coaster and died.
The death did not stop thousands from going to six flags one day after the freak accident “it’s very sad. I feel horrible for the family” Horrified witnesses watched as she flew off the coaster seconds after it left the starting point. The Putman family waited behind Esparza and her family for an hour as they waited to ride the renovated coaster.
“They were screaming when they came back trying to get out of the restraint and they were screaming my mom my mom we’ve gotto get my mom, she’s gone.”
The Arlington Fire Department was called out to the scene.
Representatives from Six Flags say the incident is under investigation.
In a statement released Saturday, spokeswoman sharon parker said.
“We are committed to determining the cause of this tragic accident and will utilize every resource throughout this process. It would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired.”
Witnesses said before the roller coaster took off Esparza was worried that her lap bar was not secure.
Ken Martin is a safety analyst certified to inspect amusement rides in Texas.
He says, “I can with reasonable certainty say that there is a policy somewhere on this roller coaster that says you need more than one click on your lap bar. That has got to be written somewhere and if its not, it should be. That’s just an industry standard.”
But for the family of Rosy Esparza the warning comes too late.
Since the 2008 there have been 14 injury reports that have taken place on the ride.