Switch to Desktop Site
 
 

Six Flags death: Texas roller coaster had a history of injuries

Six Flags death: The Texas roller coaster where a woman fell to her death last week also caused minor injuries to almost a dozen other patrons of Six Flags Over Texas.

Image

The Texas Giant roller coaster ride sits idle at Six Flags Over Texas on July 20 in Arlington, Texas. Investigators are trying to determine if a woman who died while riding the roller coaster at the amusement park Friday night fell from the ride.

LM Otero/AP

About these ads

Nearly a dozen people reported being injured in the last five years while riding the Texas roller coaster where a woman fell to her death last week, though the most serious injuries appear to be a concussion and muscle strains due to jostling, state records show.

Six Flags Over Texas reported 14 injuries involving the Texas Giant roller coaster between April 2008 and April 2013, according to Texas Department of Insurance records. Three happened before or after the ride, such as tripping on the steps leading to the ride.

Department spokesman Jerry Hagins said the ride was currently closed and wouldn't reopen until the department sees a new safety inspection report.

Cedar Point named best amusement park: Five theme park winners Cedar Point named best amusement park: Five theme park winners
 

Amusement park safety analyst Ken Martin noted that such injuries are self-reported, so it's hard to gauge their accuracy. He also said such numbers don't include "near-misses."

"The numbers that we hear about are typically the tip of the iceberg," he said.

Next

Page:   1   |   2   |   3

Share