A woman died at Six Flags Over Texas near Dallas on Friday (July 19) while riding the Texas Giant, the world’s steepest roller coaster, the park confirms.
The ride, a 14-story-high, 4,9000-feet-long roller coaster that is one of the main attractions at the park in Arlington, TX was closed following the accident. The park says the woman died “on” the ride, but witnesses at the park tell NBC 5 of Dallas that they saw her fall from the car .
Nadine Kelley, who was waiting in line for the ride, tells the news outlet that riders who were sitting right behind the unidentified woman said that “right when they came down off the first bump and hit that first turn, she flew out.”
The woman was with two children, who were “hysterical,” Kelley says. “They were saying that their mother flew out of the car. It was sad. It was very sad. We kept telling them to let them out because they were hysterical. The daughter and the son said, ‘We have to go get my mom. We have to go get my mom.’ We were kind of in disbelief, and we just said a prayer for her.”
Another visitor to the park, Carmen Brown, told the Dallas Morning News that she was waiting in line as the victim boarded the ride. She says the woman shared her concern with a park employee that she felt she wasn’t properly secured in her seat. “He was, like, ‘At long as you heard it click, you’re fine,'” Brown says.
She also asserts that the woman fell from the ride. “We heard her screaming. We were, like, ‘Did she just fall?'”
The theme park shared a message of condolence on its official Twitter account on Friday night, writing, “We are deeply saddened about a death this evening on the Texas Giant. Our prayers are with the family and friends.” As are ours.