Six Flags: Woman dies while riding Texas Giant in Arlington

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Posted on July 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 20 at 3:07 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Six Flags has confirmed an adult woman died while riding the Texas Giant Friday night.

The accident happened at about 6:45 p.m. as Carmen Brown was next in line to ride the coaster. Brown said the woman got on the ride with her son.

"She goes up like this, then when it drops to come down that's when it released and she just tumbled," Brown said. "... And I said that could have been me because I don't do roller coasters."

Officials at Six Flags did not reveal details on the woman's death, but released an official statement not long after the fatal incident:

We are deeply saddened to share that earlier this evening an adult woman died in the park while on the Texas Giant.  Park medical staff and local paramedics responded immediately.  Since the safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time.

Originally an all wooden roller coaster, the ride was redesigned with a steel track and re-opened in April of 2011 during the theme park's 50th anniversary.The ride's tallest height is 153 feet and has a drop of 147 feet.

Six Flags says the ride has "a record-breaking bank" of 95 degrees, "steeper than any wooden coaster on the planet."

The park closed an area of Six Flags around the area of the accident.

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