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Accident at Texas Six Flags leads to fatality

Six Flags is investigating the death of a woman at their Six Flags Over Texas park. The woman reportedly fell from the ride while it was in motion. Emergency personnel who responded to the accident declared the woman dead at the scene. A spokeswoman for the theme park stated that the ride has been closed since the incident.

She stated that the park intends to investigate the event and is determined to determine the cause of the accident. Local news sources stated that witness testimony implicated a loose safety harness in the accident. Witnesses had stated that the woman was sent flying from the ride as it turned a corner.

The coaster had originally began its life in 1990 as a wooden coaster and was rebuilt in 2011 as the hybrid wood and steel coaster that is used today. The coaster is as high as 14 stories and is 4,920 feet long. Along with Six Flags, the local police department is also investigating the accident to determine how and why the woman fell from the ride.

The family of the woman who was killed in this accident may choose to seek a personal injury attorney in order to file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim would allow her family to pursue compensation for the loss of their loved one. Compensation may potentially include the costs that are associated with the woman's death, including funeral costs. Personal injury attorneys may be able to help them develop a comprehensive wrongful death claim following an accident.

Source: Bloomberg, "Six Flags Investigates Fatal Accident on Texas Giant Coaster", Dan Hart, July 21, 2013

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