Personal Injury Attorney With The Hale Law Firm Comments on Fatal Park Accident
Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2013 - Rosy Esparza died at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington when she fell from the Texas Giant roller coaster. The ride was closed pending an investigation into the incident.
"Hundreds of amusement park injuries happen every year, from minor injuries, such as bruising or lacerations to fatal falls," commented Waxahachie personal injury lawyer John Hale. "Most parks have stringent safety precautions in place, but incidents still occur from time to time."
According to witnesses, when Rosy Esparza was seated in the ride next to her son, prior to deployment, she expressed concern to the ride attendant that the safety bar did not make the same number of clicking noises as those of the people around her. On the ride, during an extremely steep descent or sharp turn, witnesses say, Rosy Esparza flew out of her seat.
The park spokeswoman for Six Flags Over Texas stated that the park was committed to determining what happened. Arlington Police are currently investigating if other issues were involved, such as if the woman experienced a medical emergency prior to the fall. Arlington police have declined to release a comment on the accident.
The Texas Giant was designed as an all-wooden ride in 1990, and was known as the world's tallest wooden roller coaster. It was closed in 2009 for renovation and reopened in 2011 as a wooden-and-steel hybrid, boasting three turns sharper than 90 degrees, a 79-degree drop; and an initial ascent of 153 feet followed by a descent of 147 feet.
This recent incident was the second ride fatality for a guest at this park since it first opened in 1961. In 1999, an Arkansas resident drowned when a raft she was riding on at the Roaring Rapids ride capsized; ten other guests were injured.
In 2006, passengers on the ride "Texas Tornado" were injured when the ride slowed faster than usual and swings collided.
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