A roller coaster lawsuit in Texas hasn’t stopped Six Flags from re-opening a ride that recently sent a women plummeting to her death.
The Dallas-based amusement park on Tuesday announced that it was re-opening the ride only months after the death occurred.
The “Texas Giant Roller Coaster” will re-open this weekend and features new seat belts and redesigned restraint bar pads.
An investigation in July found no mechanical failure on the ride at the time of the visitor’s death. The woman’s family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Six Flag.
In responding to the lawsuit, Six Flags state that people with “unique body shapes or sizes” may not fit into the ride seat.
No warning signs or way to investigate your “unique body size” was offered before the victim fell to her death. Following the roller coaster lawsuit in Texas, the park is now offering a “test seat” on the ride line. Anyone with concerns about their “unique body shape or size” can sit in the seat to ease their mind.
The lawsuit reads:
“As Rosa Esparza’s tragic death starkly illustrates, errors on the part of the Six Flags Defendants turned a thrilling illusion into a nightmarish reality. Customers of the park expect mock scares and delighted screams as they ride the Texas Giant roller-coaster, but they certainly do not expect to be placed in any real danger, whatsoever.”
Six Flags is not commenting on the roller coaster death at this time.
The lawsuit claims that the woman’s daughter who was also on the ride heard her mother screaming and turned around to see her being thrown out of the car. Esparza died from “traumatic injuries” after landing on a metal roof below.
The family is seeking $1 million from Six Flags.