A Texas woman dies after falling off roller coaster at Six Flags Texas in a very tragic amusement park accident.
The woman has been identified by family members to MyFoxDFW.com as Rosy Esparza, who died Friday at Six Flags Over Texas park in Arlington and the accident is being investigated.
It appears there may have been some type of malfunction with the seat restraint although, as of yet, there is no direct confirmation of this. A family that was on the same ride said that the dead woman’s seat restraint appeared to go down normally at the onset of the ride, however, when the train came back, the seat restraint was still down.
Esparza was on the ride with her daughter and son-in-law who were reportedly screaming that they needed to go back and get their mother.
Six Flags has released the following statement:
We are deeply saddened to share that earlier this evening an adult woman died in the park while on the Texas Giant. Park medical staff and local paramedics responded immediately. Since the safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time.
Reading that a Texas woman dies after falling off roller coaster brings back some very personal and scary memories.
The tragic accident reminds me of a terrifying encounter I had many years ago at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.
I was with a group of friends on a school trip and was in line for a ride.
The ride was a shaped like a large circle with restraints all around the ride. The ride moves side to side and the bottom drops out. When you walk on the ride, you stand by one of the of the restraints and put on a seat belt type of apparatus.
Each person is wedged between two metal poles with a small space between each person.
They had let a group of people, including myself, go on and, before I was secured, the ride was starting up.
I was looking for an open spot and there was none.
I was scared and started to scream because the ride was starting.
Two “older” boys that I did not know obviously sensed the danger and yelled for me to come over. As I approached they grabbed me and wedged me in between them.
I was in a very narrow spot where you were not supposed to be standing and there was no seat belt . I was in between both boys and each one hooked their foot over mine and each interlinked their arms with mine. I was crying the entire time and they kept telling me I was fine and that everything would be alright.
Had those two boys not taken any action, I would have been dead or at the very least, severely injured.
Although I was scared, I truly did not fully realize, until much later, just how close to death I came. To this day, I thank those two boys, who’s name I never did get, for literally saving my life.
There was no attendant who checked restraints or who even looked around to make sure everyone was secured and, other than the people on the ride, no one else even realized, what had occurred.
In my later years, I worked as the General Manager of a major arcade that also had rides, and made safety of the rides a top priority.
It’s a shame that a family outing ended so tragically for Rosy Esparza.