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http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/22889634/six-flags-woman-died-while-riding-texas-giant

 

ARLINGTON, Texas -

 

Rosa Ayala-Goana fell 75 feet after being ejected from her seat while riding the Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington on Friday.

 

The ME's office released more details in a statement on Tuesday about the incident at the amusement park that killed the 52-year-old woman.

 

Ayala-Goana was seated in the third row of the carts on the roller coaster and was thrown from her seat during the "steep descent from the first large hill of the track," according to the statement.

 

Ayala-Goana fell 75 feet, higher than a seven story building, and struck a support metal beam. Her body then came to rest on the metal roof of a tunnel.

 

An autopsy showed "extensive trauma of the torso" and the cause of death was "multiple traumatic injuries" due to her fall from the ride.

 

The manner of death is listed as "pending" further investigation and lab studies.

 

The autopsy lists the woman's name as Rosa Ayala-Goana, different than the name the family had given the media. Family members said the woman's name was Rosy Esparza.

 

An amusement park accident analyst who's looked into similar accidents says how she fit into the seat may be a factor.

 

"We're concerned as engineers that we design things that fit people," said Bob Swint, CEO of Houston-based ATA Associates. He said investigators will have to look at whether the woman's size may have prevented her restraints from protecting her.

 

"With that size you have to be concerned on whether she was properly fitted to that seat," said Swint. "We don't know if there was an issue with the ride or an issue with the way a person is sitting or operating this ride the safeguards also include the individuals who are letting people on those rides."

 

There is no federal agency that regulates amusement parks. The only state oversight in Texas is the Texas Department of Insurance.

 

The state requires two things: the first includes proof that a certified engineer approves the ride under manufacturer specifications or national standards, whichever is stricter. The second, that the park has at least a $1 million insurance policy per ride against accidents.

 

Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker said, "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."

 

An investigation into the accident will be conducted by Six Flags, not any local police or fire agency.

 

The Texas Giant will remain closed until an investigation is concluded. Records show the Texas Giant did not have any ongoing issues at its last inspection and it's next inspection was scheduled for February 2014.

 

The CEO of Six Flags hosted an investor conference call on Monday morning and briefly addressed the incident.

 

"Utilizing both internal and external experts we are investigating the cause of the accident and until that process is complete with have no additional information to share with you about the incident. The ride has been closed. And you can rest assured that it will remain closed until we are certain that it is safe to ride," said CEO Jim Reid-Anderson.

 

News of the woman's death flooded Twitter on Friday evening when the accident happened at around 6:45 p.m.

 

Arlington Fire Department used a ladder truck to get to where Ayala-Goana's body had fallen onto a platform below the roller coaster. A funeral home vehicle arrived to take away Ayala-Goana's body on Friday evening.

 

"We were on the train in front of or behind where the person had fallen out. We saw all the EMT's and firefighters and stuff rushing out. They said possibly a restraint might have come up and somebody had fallen out around the turn. I know these guys check everything all the time so I just wouldn't figure something like that would have happened," said Casey Crow who was in line for the ride.

 

Witnesses said as people were coming back to the station, riders were crying and knew something had gone horribly wrong.

 

A family who was in line behind Ayala-Goana said she was riding with her daughter and son-in-law. The family said her seat restraint seemed to go down normally before the car left. They said when the train came back, the seat restraint was down.

 

The family said the woman's daughter and son-in-law were calling for help. They were screaming, "We need to go get my mom!"

 

This is not the first death to have occurred at Six Flags Over Texas. In March of 1999, a 28-year-old woman died after the raft she and 10 others were on flipped over on the Roaring Rapids ride.

 

In March of 2006, 10 people were hurt on the Texas Tornado when their swings hit each other.

 

According to the Six Flags Over Texas website, the Texas Giant has the world's steepest drop.

 

The ride, which is 14 stories high, opened in 1990 with a wooden track. It was reintroduced on April 22, 2011 with a steel track.

 

Read more: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/22889634/six-flags-woman-died-while-riding-texas-giant#ixzz2ZtefEPSi

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the article does help clarify things but the thing I'm confused on is this one and other ones just updated are saying after the first hill drop but I didn't think the first hill had a tunnel at the bottom, I thought this happened at the diving turn after the hill or am I just thinking wrong since I haven't had a chance to ride this one yet?

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^I agree with you. Another badly written article that is most likely referring to the drop in the first hill, not the first 'drop'

 

Her final resting spot was the tunnel on the backside of the ride, about center from left to right.

 

edit: all of these sh!t articles from my local Dallas news stations has me thinking it's time to move again. Sadly it'd just be more of the same in the next city.

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So after reading most of the reports and hearing the misconceptions made by the media I saw this picture today and thought it was very relavant to the complaints against the media.

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^ I think we're all used to seeing inaccurate reports in the media, especially when the subject matter is something that we are relatively well versed in.

 

I don't mind simple errors that don't really affect the perception or narrative of the story (I've seen references to "Six Flags over Arlington" for example) since they're harmless, it's concerning to see how many outlets have repeated the "restraint only clicked once" line through. Since we still don't' really know what happened, I would have thought that's a potentially libellous statement to make.

 

I forget where I saw it but one of the Gerstlauer engineers stated pretty emphatically that he didn't believe this would turn out to be a case of lap bar restraint and I would agree.

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The big problems with journalism are 1) the drive to be "first" and 2) promotion of a particular angle or agenda, accuracy be damned. This isn't unique to the era we live in (reporters have always been pretty ruthless in seeking a "scoop," and partisan reporting is as old as the journalism profession itself), but basic fact checking has gone by the boards in recent years.

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The big problems with journalism are 1) the drive to be "first" and 2) promotion of a particular angle or agenda, accuracy be damned. This isn't unique to the era we live in (reporters have always been pretty ruthless in seeking a "scoop," and partisan reporting is as old as the journalism profession itself), but basic fact checking has gone by the boards in recent years.

 

Agreed, Chuck. Since the explosion of the internet and social media took place, journalism has really gone downhill. Being first is way more important than being factual.

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Didn't take Markey long.

 

http://houston.cbslocal.com/2013/07/22/dem-senator-roller-coasters-need-more-federal-regulations/

 

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is calling for a set of national safety standards to cover rides at amusement parks following the death of a woman who fell from a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement in Texas.

 

Markey said families on summer vacations are assuming what he called a huge risk because of the lack of federal regulations.

 

The industry has argued that accidents, particularly fatal accidents, are rare at amusements parks.

 

Markey, however, said there are enough serious accidents to warrant federal intervention.

 

The Massachusetts Democrat said those regulations should cover what he called the “totality of the safety system” for roller coasters and other rides.

 

He said families who visit amusement parks in other states should be confident that all rides meet the same federal standards.

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So my dad just called me, he's like "Did you hear what happened at Six Flags?" Yes......."Lady fell from the first drop" :/

 

According to him, NBC 5 just reported that during their 4'o clock segment. I didn't even argue with him because it's pointless, he believes everything he hears. If that's even what they said, I bet not. My dad is a good example of how misinformed the GP really is. LOL!

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So my dad just called me, he's like "Did you hear what happened at Six Flags?" Yes......."Lady fell from the first drop" :/

 

Ok, so now I'm a little confused, dad may have a point. Fox 4 news just reported and I quote "She was ejected as the roller coaster began it's first steep decent" To me, "First steep decent" sounds like the first drop, right? But how? they said she fell 75 feet....The lift hill is 153 feet. So, I'm really confused now....

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Well given they say she landed on a tunnel, and all the overhead shots showed a firetruck's cherrypicker over the second tunnel (beneath the first overbanked turn), I think it's safe to say she did not fall out on the first drop. Especially since if she was in the third row there's not even a decent amount of airtime there to eject her.

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Well given they say she landed on a tunnel, and all the overhead shots showed a firetruck's cherrypicker over the second tunnel (beneath the first overbanked turn), I think it's safe to say she did not fall out on the first drop. Especially since if she was in the third row there's not even a decent amount of airtime there to eject her.
Agreed! I'm not surprised the news could be misinformed. Hell they have all weekend.
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The local paper just published this under the title "Coroners inquest":

 

One day after saying that Rosy Esparza died from “multiple traumatic injuries” caused by a “fall from [a] roller coaster,” the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has released further details concerning her death on The Texas Giant Friday evening.

 

According to the inquest, the 52-year-old Esparza — also referred to as Rosa Irene Ayala-Goana, believed to be her maiden name — was seated in the third row of The Texas Giant.

 

“As the carts began the steep descent from the first large hill of track, she ejected from her seat falling freely for an approximate distance of 75 feet, striking a support metal beam and then coming to rest on the metal roof of the tunnel,” says the coroner’s office.

 

The autopsy revealed “extensive trauma of the torso,” says a release from the coroner’s office. “The cause of death is attributed to multiple traumatic injuries due to fall from a roller coaster. The manner death is ruled as ‘Pending’ further investigation and laboratory studies.”

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This is an incredibly sad event! I'm sorry for all people involved and hope they are coping well. Was just at Six Flags Fiesta Texas Today, and Iron Rattler was closed the entire day. I'm not sure how related it is to NTAG's tragedy but I'm sure it it had something to do with it.

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I hate how Markey comes out of the woodwork whenever there is an accident. I'm almost sure it is less about keeping parks safe and more about pushing his political career and getting some time in the media.

 

Seriously, I think he is using someone's death to get himself noticed again.

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