ARLINGTON, Texas (KXAN/AP) - A woman died at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington while riding the Texas Giant on Friday.
The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the coaster but did not specify how she was killed.
Park visitors told KXAS , the NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, that the woman fell from the ride, which is billed as the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world.
According to a witness, children were yelling "we have to get my mom" when the roller coaster car pulled up at the end of the ride. Riders were hysterical and crying, KXAS reported.
People waiting in line for the roller coaster said park employees asked them to get out of line after the accident.
"She goes up like this. Then when it drops to come down, that's when it (the safety bar) released and she just tumbled," said Carmen Brown of Arlington. Brown said she was waiting in line to get on the ride when the accident happened.
Six Flags expressed sadness over the death and said it was temporarily closing the section of the park around the accident site. It didn't say how long the area would be closed.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time," the park's statement said.
Brown said she was next in line behind the woman and saw her being strapped into her seat next to her son.
"We heard her screaming. We were like, 'Did she just fall?'" Brown said.
According to the park's website, the ride reaches 14 stories high and has a drop of 79 degrees and a bank of more than 95 degrees.
The ride was originally introduced in 1990 and reintroduced in April 2011 when a steel track was added to the wooden roller coaster. The multi-million dollar renovations also made the coaster taller and faster.
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