It has been reported that workers who were operating a Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster when a woman fell to her death in July were aware of problems with the safety features on the cars. Rosa Ayala-Goana died when she was ejected from the Texas Giant roller coaster on July 19. One employee told police in the aftermath that the safety restraint on the car from which the Dallas woman fell 75 feet to the ground was “a little high, or not as tight as it should be.” The worker checked a safety light, determined the lap bar was secure on the woman and allowed the coaster train to leave, according to the police report.
Another employee reported the train had problems in the days previous, including “a trouble light” the week before. The police report says: “The sensors were not working properly and they had to have Maintenance come out and fix it.” The death has been ruled an accident by police. The woman’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Six Flags and Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH, the German company that made the roller coaster train. In a statement made last month, Six Flags officials renewed their condolences to the woman’s family and said that “safety is our highest priority and at the heart of everything we do.” The roller coaster was closed for two months before it was reopened with redesigned lap bar pads and seatbelts.
Sources: The Dallas Morning News and The Insurance Journal
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