CORRECTED-Woman died from accidental fall off Six Flags roller coaster -coroner

Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:55pm EDT

(Corrects spelling in byline to Maria from Marie)

By Lisa Maria Garza

DALLAS, July 22 (Reuters) - A woman who plunged from a roller coaster at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park died of multiple traumatic injuries in a fall that was ruled an accident, authorities said on Monday.

Rosa Ayala-Goana died on the tracks of the 14-story-high Texas Giant ride on Friday at the amusement park in Arlington, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner said.

The death of the 52-year-old woman was listed as an accident.

Police in Arlington, Texas, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Dallas, said there was no evidence that the death resulted from criminal intent.

"At this point of the investigation, it does not appear that there was any foul play or criminality associated with this tragic incident," Arlington police said in a statement.

At the time that it opened in 1990, the Texas Giant ride was promoted as the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world by the park, which is operated by Six Flags Entertainment Corp. .

The wooden tracks were replaced in 2010 with steel, but the original wooden support structure was kept and the lift hill was elevated 10 feet (3 meters), according to the Six Flags Entertainment Corp website.

Six Flags Over Texas spokeswoman Sharon Parker said on Sunday the company was investigating the incident. She did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

"We are committed to determining the cause of this tragic accident and will utilize every resource throughout this process," Parker said.

(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Andrew Hay)

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Comments (5)
sweetcutie_43 wrote:
It may not have been criminal intent but the lady did not feel like she was secured and the attendant ignored her. This was negligence or involuntary but this was not just an accident.

Jul 22, 2013 4:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
finney wrote:
I know they have not come out and given details related to the accident yet because it is still under investigation. However, you will see in the outcome this woman was unable to fasten the bar over her body properly and was trying to notify the coaster attendant. I think they should check each and every person who is on the ride that the safety bar is secure before the ride takes off. She was a larger woman and chances are the ride took off before the safety bar had been securitized. Unfortunately, she was unable to hold herself in the car against the g-forces. The park or manufacturer will be sued.

Jul 22, 2013 4:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TiffTiff wrote:
What a way to die!! I feel bad for her family, they must have been on the ride with her :(

Jul 22, 2013 4:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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