A woman has tragically died after falling out of a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas on Friday night.
The incident happened at 6:45 p.m. last night, when the women reportedly fell out of the park's roller coaster, The Texas Giant, which is one of the world's steepest roller coasters, rising to over 14 stories high.
The woman was with her two children and they were said to be hysterical after witnessing their mother fall out.
"They were saying that their mother flew out of the car," Nadine Kelly, a witness who had been waiting in line, told NBC 5.
She said that riders who had sat behind her during the ride described that she flew out when they came down off the first bump and hit the first turn.
Another witness, Carmen Brown, told The Dallas Morning News that the park staff did not secure her right: "They didn't secure her right. One of the employees from the park — one of the ladies — she asked her to click her more than once, and they were like, 'As long you heard it click, you're OK.' Everybody else is like, 'Click, click, click.' Hers only clicked once. Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn't feel safe, but they let her still get on the ride."
Brown had been waiting in line as the mother got onto the ride: "We heard her screaming. We were, like, 'Did she just fall?'"
The park confirmed that a woman had died in one of their rides. They tweeted, "We are deeply saddened about a death this evening on the Texas Giant. Our prayers are with the family and friends."
Park officials and paramedics arrived to the scene immediately and the ride was shut down for further investigations. A ladder truck was reportedly used to retrieve the woman's body, which was then taken away by a funeral home vehicle.
The woman's identity has not been reported as of yet.
The Texas Giant opened in 1990 as a wooden coaster. In 2011, it underwent a $10 million renovation, and redesigned with a steel track. According to the park's website, it is the steepest wooden roller coaster in the world.