ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- A woman has died while riding an amusement park roller coaster in North Texas.
Police records show the incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. A statement issued by park spokeswoman Sharon Parker says the woman died while on the Texas Giant roller coaster.
Parker did not specify how the woman died, but numerous outlets have reported she fell from the ride. A woman who told the Dallas Morning News she was the next in line before the woman fell to her death said the victim was with her son and may not have been properly buckled in.
Carmen Brown said the woman "basically tumbled over and you just see her son [go], 'Ahhh.' They didn't secure her right. One of the ladies from the park -- one of the ladies -- she asked her to click her more than once, and they were like, 'As long as you heard it click, you're OK.' Everybody else is like, 'Click, click, click.'"
"Hers only clicked once," Brown told the Dallas publication.
The amusement park issued a statement following the news:
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.
Arlington police Sgt. Christopher Cook, the department spokesman, referred all questions to Parker. No other details were available.
The 14-story Texas Giant, which takes 24 riders down the steepest bank of any roller coaster in the world, won The Golden Ticket Award for best new ride of 2011.
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