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ARLINGTON - Arlington police are on the scene at Six Flags Over Texas where witnesses say a woman has plummeted to her death from a roller coaster.
It happened on the Texas Giant, the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world.
Six Flags spokesperson Sharon Parker sent the following statement to CBS 11 via email.
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.
When it opened in 1990, the Texas Giant was billed as the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world. The ride closed for the 2010 season in which the all-wooden track was replaced with a new prefabricated steel system. The new Texas Giant reopened to the public in 2011. The original Texas Giant cost $5.5 million dollars. The refurbishment cost an additional $10 million.
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