A woman died while riding a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, witnesses said.
The theme park confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster Friday, but did not provide details on the circumstances surrounding her death.
“Since the safety of our guests and employees in our number one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation,” the statement said.
Gabe Flores said he was next in line at the amusement park. “Me and my girlfriend were at the gates and the next ones to get on the ride … the cars came in and there was a man and a woman in the front,” he said. “The man was saying, ‘let me out, let me out, my mom fell off.’ ” The man and woman were distraught and speaking in raised tones, said Flores, who lives in Benton, Texas.
“There’s a turn that’s pretty steep, and the person behind her empty seat said she fell out there—just flew out,” he said. Flores did not see her fall, but park visitors told CNN affiliate WFAA they did. “She goes up like this,” Carmen Brown told the affiliate, raising her hand up in the air.
“Then when it drops to come down, that’s when it released and she just tumbled.” The Arlington Police Department did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment. The affiliate said police are investigating whether the woman suffered a medical emergency before the fall.