At approximately 6:45pm on Friday night, a tragic accident occurred as Rosy Esparza of Dallas, TX was thrown off Texas Giant roller coaster. According to Dallas News and WFAA.com, witnesses say that after the ride took a sharp turn, Rosy was thrown out of her seat and plunged down.
Rosy Esparza- whom was estimated to be in her 50’s, was ridding Texas Giant with her family when the accident occurred. John and Darlene Putman along with their two daughters were standing in line for the ride behind Rosy and her family. They claimed that while waiting for the ride Rosy and her family were talking and laughing.
When the train returned to the loading station, John said he heard two people scream “My mom! My mom! Let us out, we need to go get her!’” Witnesses say that when the ride came to a complete stop, Rosy’s son was screaming “She fell! She fell!” and ran towards the coaster tracks but ride operators were able to hold him back.
The cause of her death still remains unknown, but Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker said the park is working closely with the police department to find the cause of death. The park did not want to speculate on what may have caused her death. "It would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired," said Parker.
Shortly after the incident, Six Flags released the following statement:
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.
The ride was shut down immediately along with surrounding areas, but the park itself remained open. Several concert cancellations were also made.