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Roller coaster reopening at Six Flags after woman's death

The Texas Giant will reopen at Six Flags Over Texas this weekend nearly two months after a woman fell to her death from the ride.
Posted By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   Sept. 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM   |   Comments

Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The Texas Giant roller coaster is set to reopen this weekend nearly two months after a woman fell to her death on the ride.

The coaster will reopen with new safety measures in place, including redesigned restraint bar pads and new seat belts, Six Flags Over Texas said in a statement Tuesday.

In addition, a ride seat will be placed at the entrance for visitors to test their fit before they get in line.

The ride has been closed since July 19 when Rosa Esparza was hurled from the coaster and fell 75 feet to her death.

Esparza's family filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday accusing Six Flags of negligence.

"As Rosa Esparza's tragic death starkly illustrates, errors on the part of the Six Flags Defendants turned a thrilling illusion into a nightmarish reality," the lawsuit says. "Customers of the park expect mock scares and delighted screams as they ride the Texas Giant roller-coaster, but they certainly do not expect to be placed in any real danger, whatsoever."

In their statement, park officials explained that an investigation revealed there had not been a mechanical failure on the ride at the time of the woman's death.

"Due to litigation, the company is not releasing any further information about the outcome of the investigation," the statement said.

The statement went on to say that Texas officials approved the reopening of the ride after extensive tests.

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