The Huffington Post is reporting that in mid-July, a 52-year-old mother fell to her death while riding a Six Flags roller coaster. The incident occurred on the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas, which according to Texas Department of Insurance records, was involved in 14 injuries between April 2008 and April 2013.
“Right now, I would say investigators are probably tearing apart every inch of that train and every harness mechanism, and inspecting and testing every millimeter of those harness mechanisms to find out whether the potential even exists for her harness to have failed or for any other harness to have failed,” Walter Reiss, an amusement park ride safety inspector, said.
The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported that during the fall, the victim suffered “multiple traumatic injuries.” The investigation was still ongoing as to what caused the woman to fall at the time of this report.
However, according to the El Paso Times, Six Flags does not need to submit a report to the state on what caused the fall, and even though the police are investigating the death, they are not investigating the ride.
“The question is: Will [Six Flags] release [the report] and will it be complete and comprehensive?” Ken Martin, an amusement ride safety analyst who owns KRM Consulting of Richmond, Va. “There’s a lot of unanswered questions and because of the way it is in Texas we might not ever have the answer to those questions.”
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