Roller Coaster Death Update: Are you afraid of roller coasters? Well, after hearing the disturbing story of how a woman fell to her death at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park, in Arlington Texas you might be now. According to previous reports a woman, whose name has not been released, plummeted to her death after riding the Texas Giant roller coaster on Friday around 6:30 local time.
What Caused The Texas Roller Coaster Death? Woman Questioned How Secure The Restraint Was Before She Was Killed
But what caused the roller coaster death? How did the woman, who was riding the roller coaster with her son, just slip out of her seat? "They didn't secure her right," an eyewitness claimed. "One of the employees from the park - one of the ladies - she asked her to click her more than once, and they were like, 'As long you heard it click, you're OK.' Everybody else is like, 'Click, click, click.' Hers only clicked once. Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn't feel safe, but they let her still get on the ride. And I said that could have been me because I don't do roller coasters."
Carmen Brown raised the same concerns that she believed the death of the woman was caused by negligence of the roller coaster workers saying that the park employee was "nonchalant" when the woman expressed her concerns for her safety. "'As long as you heard it click, you're fine,'" Brown reenacted the scene. "Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn't feel safe. But they let her still get on the ride."
Those who witnessed the woman in the Texas Giant roller coaster tumble to her death from the ride were in disbelief. "Literally just witnessed someone fly off the Texas Giant two seats in front of me," tweeted Joshua Paul Fleak. "Restraint came undone, coaster turned and she was gone."
While some patrons of Six Flags were in shock, others became frantic after hearing the news that someone had been killed on the roller coaster. "They just heard that someone had fallen down from the roller coaster and in that moment, there was a panic," Jahzeel Cabrera, who was also on the ride ahead of the victim, to ABC's Good Morning America.
Six Flags has not yet determined what caused the Texas woman on the roller coaster to plummet to her death but Communications Manager for Six Flags Over Texas/Hurricane Harbor, Sharon Parker, did release a statement. "We are committed to determining the cause of this tragic accident and will utilize every resource throughout this process. It would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired. When we have new information to provide, we will do so. Our thoughts, prayers and full support remain with the family."
But despite Parker's plea, those who have learned of this catastrophic accident can't help but question: Are Roller Coasters Safe?
In 2003, Six Flags rebutted an argument that claimed the thrilling rides were deemed dangerous by releasing statistics that show how safe roller coasters actually are. Six Flags partnered up with The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Exponent Failure Analysis Associties, a panel of experts; including doctors, engineers, NASA astronauts, and industry reps to help bolster their belief that roller coasters are not dangerous or a frequent cause of death.
Here are the statsitics they compiled:
- Extrapolating these numbers, riders have a 1 in 24 million chance of serious injury and a more than 1 in one-and-a-half billion chance of being fatally injured.
- According to the studies, the injury rate for children's wagons, golf, and folding lawn chairs are higher than amusement rides.
- The report also says that injury risk rates at amusement parks held steady from 1997 to 2001 and decreased over the last two years.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions also estimated that 319 million people who visited the parks in 2001, only 134 were hospitalized and fatalities related to the amusement rides averge two per year. They association also determined that there is no correlation between roller coasters and brain injuries.
- According to the studies, being hit with a pillow or falling on an exercise mat can cause much higher g-forces than a roller coaster.
Do you agree with Six Flags? Or do you think roller coasters are unsafe in light of the recent woman's roller coaster death? Let us know in the comments section below!