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Woman dies after falling from roller coaster; family sues park

A trip to an amusement park in Baltimore can be one of life’s simple pleasures. Thrill seekers of all ages can go and have a fun day riding the rides and enjoying the company of their friends and family. But for one family, the fun and excitement of visiting an amusement park was cut tragically short when a loved one fell from a roller coaster and died.

The accident happened at Six Flags Over Texas in July. The 52-year-old woman who died was riding a 14-story roller coaster with her daughter and son-in-law. Her daughter was sitting in front of her when she heard the woman screaming for help. The woman fell 75 feet and died.

The family believes that the bar that was supposed to hold the woman in malfunctioned. They filed a premises liability lawsuit recently in which they are seeking at least $1 million. They say that inspections performed on the ride after the incident determined that different parts of its security systems were not operating correctly. Six Flags said there were not failures to the mechanical system, but have not offered any other opinion on what could have happened to cause the accident.

This family has gone through so much. Witnessing the death of her mother is something that the daughter will likely not get over for a very long time. The family was justified in seeking out a lawyer to file a lawsuit against the amusement park. Hopefully they will be able to receive proper compensation for their loved one’s funeral expenses and pain and suffering.

Source: Good Morning America, “Family Sues Six Flags After Woman’s Fall From 14-Story High Roller Coaster,” Ryan Owens, Sep 12, 2013