Six Flags reopens Texas Giant ride after death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Six Flags has reopened the Texas Giant roller coaster for the first time since a rider fell 75 feet to her death.

Emergency personnel are on the scene at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas, after a woman died on the Texas Giant roller coaster, background left, on Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

ARLINGTON, Texas Six Flags has reopened the Texas Giant roller coaster for the first time since a rider fell 75 feet to her death.

The ride at the North Texas amusement park opened Saturday with new precautions that included redesigned restraint bars and new seat belts. Riders also could sit in a trial seat before entering the line.

Six Flags cautioned park-goers who waited more than an hour to board that the Texas Giant might not accommodate "guests with unique body shapes or sizes."

The ride has been closed since Rosa Ayala-Goana died in July. Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Six Flags.

Thousands of riders waited an hour or more Saturday to ride the twisting, wood-and-metal coaster that features a drop of 79 degrees and banked turns.


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