Witnesses say woman was worried she wasn’t secure in rollercoaster
ARLINGTON, Texas — Investigators are still trying to determine how Rosy Esparza fell out of the Texas Giant rollercoaster at Six Flags on Friday.
She was sitting next to her son, when moments into the ride, she fell.
Horrified witnesses watched.
“They were screaming when they came back and they were trying to get out of the restraint. And they were screaming, ‘My mom, My mom! We’ve got to get my mom! She’s gone!'” said one witness.
“The park workers were kind of taken back by it and really didn’t know if he was being serious or not and once they realized that he was being serious, they rushed to go assist her,” said Gabe Flores, another witness.
Other witnesses said Rosy Esparza was worried before the ride began that her lap bar wasn’t secure, according to CNN affiliates KTVT and WFAA.
“He was basically nonchalant,” Carmen Brown told WFAA. “He was, like, ‘As long as you heard it click, you’re fine.’ Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn’t feel safe. But they let her still get on the ride.”
The Texas Giant was originally designed in 1990 as an all-wooden roller coaster. It was redesigned with a steel track and reopened in April 2011 to mark the theme park’s 50th anniversary. At its highest point, the roller coaster is 153 feet and has a drop of 147 feet, according to the theme park.
Six Flags Over Texas spokeswoman Sharon Parker said the park is committed to determining exactly what happened.
“It would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired,” she said. “When we have new information to provide, we will do so.”
Arlington Police were also investigating.
“At this point of the investigation, it does not appear there was any foul play or criminality associated with this tragic incident,” the Arlington Police Department said in a statement.
In Facebook posts on Saturday, her sons described the experience as a nightmare.
“Only God knows Mama,” Amado Esparza posted in Spanish along with a photo showing a group of people praying at the amusement park, “something that I will always have as a memory of you is that you loved adventures.”