A woman riding a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, plummeted to her death Friday evening around 6:45 p.m. CBS 11 has identified the woman as Rosy Esparza. It was her first time to visit the popular theme park.
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She was riding The Texas Giant, the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world when she somehow fell from the ride as her young son sat by her side. Esparza expressed concern, according to witnesses, about her lap bar not being secure. Several other witnesses on social media immediately after the incident said it appeared her restraint either broke or came loose. Investigators have yet to confirm it though.
He was screaming "My mom, my mom -- we've got to get my mom... she's gone," according to multiple witnesses who were next in line to ride the roller coaster.
"We were the people standing there when the car pulled up and it was empty," said witness John Putnam who was at the amusement park with his family.
Six Flags spokesperson Sharon Parker sent the following statement Friday night to CBS 11 via email:
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.
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