The Cedar Point accident in Ohio and the roller coaster death in Texas are being investigated.
The Cedar Point accident caused the seven passengers to be trapped underwater for several minutes while Cedar Point employees scrambled to rescue them. Cedar Point has notified authorities and they are “investigating the incident.”
The Texas Giant roller coaster death was even more horrific. Witnesses say a safety restraint might have come up and the woman fell out around the turn:
“Literally just witnessed someone fly off the Texas Giant two seats in front of me. Restraint came undone, coaster turned and she was gone.”
Other witnesses speculate about the Texas Giant roller coaster death, saying, “It didn’t hit me until we got back down to the bottom. She was no bigger than I was. That could have been me.”
The woman, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead on the scene. At this time, authorities say there is no evidence of foul play in the roller coaster death:
“We are committed to determining the cause of this tragic accident and will utilize every resource throughout this process. It would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired.”
The Texas Giant roller coaster death is not the first death in Six Flags Over Texas. In 1999, a woman drowned on the Roaring Rapids ride when a boat overturned.
The odds of being involved in a theme park accident are estimated to be about 4.3 for every million visitors. In 2011 alone the United States saw 1,204 ride-related injuries. But only four people have died between 1987 and 2002.
Does the Cedar Point accident and Texas Giant roller coaster death make you concerned about theme park safety?