Roller coaster death, witness reaction


POSTED: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 8:41am

UPDATED: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 8:42am

One woman's ride on a roller coaster at six flags over Texas ended in tragedy Friday. She was on the theme park's "Texas Giant" when witnesses say she fell to her death. Teresa Woodard spoke to one woman who saw what happened. Here's her story.

"She goes up like this, and then, when it drops to come down, that's when it released, and she just tumbled."

Carmen Brown was next in line to ride the Texas Giant, when she watched a woman tumble to her death. It was 6:45 Friday night, Brown says the woman got on the roller coaster with her son. On one of the sharp twists and steep drops along the Giant's 152 foot tall path, the woman fell.

"And I said that could've been me because I don't do roller coasters. They're like come on mom -- that's why I don't do them."

Six flags remained open, but the Texas Giant, the tallest steel hybrid roller coaster in the world was closed. Workers also closed down the portion of the park near the giant. Arlington police say this is not a criminal investigation. Right now it appears to be a tragic accident.

"It didn't hit me till we got down to the bottom, I said, she was no bigger than I was... like. That could've been me. I lost it."

Six flags released a statement saying, in part, "The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority."

The theme park says the Texas Giant Coaster is closed pending further investigation.

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