Woman Killed, Others Injured in Separate Amusement Park Accidents

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ARLINGTON, Texas (KTLA)  — A woman died Friday while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington.

It happened just after 6:30 p.m. local time.


Six Flags Over Texas

The woman was reportedly riding with her children when she fell out of the roller coaster, witnesses told NBC 5 DFW.

The park did not release any details about how the woman died, but did offer their condolences to the family.

“We are deeply saddened to share that earlier this evening an adult woman died in the park while on the Texas Giant. Park medical staff and local paramedics responded immediately. Since the safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time,” according to a statement released by Six Flags Over Texas spokesperson Sharon Parker.

The Texas Giant, touted as the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world, was originally designed in 1990 as an all wooden roller coaster.

It was redesigned in 2011 with a steel track.

At its highest point, the roller coaster is 153 feet and has a drop of 147 feet, according to the theme park.

Also Friday, seven people suffered minor injuries in a boat-ride mishap at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.

It happened when a boat rolled backward down a hill on the Shoot the Rapids ride, park spokesman Bryan Edwards said in a statement.

One of the seven injured passengers was taken to an area hospital for additional evaluation, Edwards said.

CNN contributed to this report.

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