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Six Flags Employees Disagree over Events of Fatal Accident

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

Deposition records show that a ride attendant and ride operator employed by Six Flags Over Texas disagree over whether or not Rosa Esparza’s lap bar was properly secured before July’s fatal accident.

New Details Concerning Six Flags Roller Coaster Accident

“In my head, I’m like, I secured it. I did my job. My job is to make sure that the lap bars are secure.” – Ride attendant during deposition as published by FOXDFW

According to FOXDFW, new details concerning a fatal roller coaster accident at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington filed in court Monday indicate that a lap bar on the Texas Giant may not have been properly secured, causing Rosa Esparza fell to her death.

In part of a deposition taken as part of a wrongful death lawsuit in December, the new details show the ride’s attendant and the ride’s operator disagreeing over whether or not Esparza was properly secured before the ride was initiated.

While the ride attendant, who had been working for Six Flags for only four days, claims that he checked Esparza’s lap bar and believed that the bar was secure; however, a statement by the ride operator indicated that she believed the lap bar had not properly engaged.

According to the family’s lawyers, Six Flags has a “no doubt policy” in which the ride operator is obligated to stop the ride in the event that riders are not “seated properly and lap bars are not locked. The ride attendant supported the lawyers claim stating that if the operator believed a rider was not secure, then she could have pressed a “lift stop button,” halting the ride.

About the Six Flags Texas Giant Accident

Dallas resident Rosa Esparza, 52, died July 19 after being thrown from her seat on the Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster, the Texas Giant.

Family members and other riders claimed that Esparza had expressed concern that her safety bar had not properly engaged before the ride started, but was assured by a Six Flags employee that she was secure in her seat.

Esparza’s daughter and son-in-law, who were in the car in front of her, reported that they heard Esparza screaming – upon turning around, Esparza’s daughter saw her dangling from the ride “almost completely upside down.” Seconds later, Esparza’s grip on the metal bar she was clinging to slipped and she plummeted 75 feet to her death.

According to a statement made during December’s deposition, the ride attendant, who had only been employed by Six Flags for four days, was sent to find Esparza after the accident. He stated that he found “only her upper half” on top of a park structure, adding that he was unable to locate the woman’s lower half.

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