Accident claims life of Texas Giant rider; Cedar Point mishap injures several
Written by Robert Niles
Six Flags Over Texas tonight is confirming the death of a female visitor who apparently fell from the Texas Giant roller coaster this evening.
The Texas Giant in a previous season. Photo by James Rao.
The Texas Giant is a hybrid coaster that debuted in 2011, after Rocky Mountain Construction rebuilt a steel track atop the original wooden structure built by the Dinn Corporation. It reaches a height of 153 feet with a drop of 147 feet and a top speed of 62 miles per hour. The coaster does not invert, and offers a lap bar as a safety restraint.
Six Flags Over Texas announced that the ride is closed and will remain closed pending an investigation.
The boat appears to have slid backward down the lift hill and turned or flipped, leading to at least one serious injury.
Update, 7/21: The woman killed on Texas Giant has been identified as Rosy Esparza of Dallas. In the Cedar Point incident, the one person who was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a head injury now has been released.
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