Entries in Roller Coaster (4)


Woman Dies While Riding Rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Texas

Bloomberg News/Mike Fuentes(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- A woman died on a rollercoaster at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in Arlington, Texas, apparently after falling out of her seat, a witness told local media.

"She goes up like this, then when it drops to come down, that's when it [the woman's restraint] released and she just tumbled," Carmen Brown told ABC News affiliate WFAA, adding that she had been next in line to ride the coaster at the time.

The death appeared to be an accident, Arlington police told WFAA, and the probe of the incident was not a criminal investigation.

Official details were not immediately available on how the woman died, though the park released a written statement confirming the death.

"We are deeply saddened to share that earlier this evening an adult woman died in the park while on the Texas Giant," wrote Sharon Parker, communications manager for Six Flags Over Texas. "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."

The Texas Giant rollercoaster debuted as an all-wooden ride in 1990, and reopened in 2011 redesigned with a steel track, WFAA reported.

It rises 14 stories high and boasts "the steepest drop of any wooden coaster at 79 degrees," Six Flags Over Texas said on its website. "The new ride also has a record-breaking bank of 95 degrees, steeper than any other wooden coaster on the planet."

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Man Arrested Climbing Storm-Tossed Roller Coaster in NJ

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J.) -- New Jersey police arrested a man on Tuesday who scaled an iconic Jersey shore roller coaster that was swept out to sea following Superstorm Sandy, and planted an American flag.

News 12-New Jersey identified the man as Christopher Angelo, 38, who told the station he was trying to raise awareness for victims of the storm.

A police boat met Angelo as he walked to the bottom of the coaster.  The boat brought him ashore, where he was handcuffed and arrested.

The Jet Star, already a Jersey shore landmark made popular by the MTV reality show Jersey Shore, gained new fame when it was tossed into the sea during the storm.

Last week, Congress passed a $9 billion relief package for East Coast areas affected by the storm, after the House balked on voting for a $60 billion aid bill.

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‘Superman’ Roller Coaster Grounded After Riders Stranded

ABC News(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The newest ride at a Six Flags amusement park in California remains closed today, less than 24 hours after it stranded a dozen riders for two hours during its weekend debut.

The Superman of movies may be able to rescue strangers from the heights of skyscrapers, but riders on his namesake ride at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif., saw no man-in-tights when the ride suddenly stopped on Sunday around 2:30 p.m.

The 12 people on board the Superman Ultimate Flight roller coaster, which had just opened June 30, were left sitting 150 feet up in the air with their feet dangling for two hours while crews on the ground tried to figure out how to rescue them, local ABC affiliate KGO reported.

The crews reportedly told the stranded passengers to shake back and forth in their seats to restart the ride, which is designed to hold 12 riders and can travel at speeds up to 62 mph, according to park officials.  When that didn’t work, mechanics manually shook a car on the ride loose in order to restart it.

Their actions backfired, literally, however, because the ride began moving backwards when it restarted.  Despite being a bit unsettling for the passengers, that proved okay as the riders were able to exit the ride safely on their own and not in the more dramatic fashion – being lowered in a bucket by firefighters – that had been planned as a last resort.

No one was reported injured in the incident, which the park is continuing to investigate.

The stranded passengers each received a free season pass to the amusement park and a fast pass that enables them to skip the lines at future visits, should they be brave enough to board another ride.

Six Flags officials said the ride will remain closed until further notice.

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Bird 'Explodes' Against Roller Coaster Rider's Face 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 12-year-old boy is lucky to have his sight after a freak accident on a New Jersey roller coaster Thursday evening.

Shane Matus was riding in the front seat of the 456-foot-tall Kingda Ka -- the world's tallest coaster -- when he was struck in the face by what was believed to be a pigeon.

"I was like, ‘What the...did somebody throw a ball or something?'" Matus recalled to WCAU-TV. "They say the bird exploded," he said, commenting, "It hurt a lot for like three seconds. People behind us had feathers and blood all over them."

The Six Flags ride, capable of a 128 mile-per-hour top speed, was shut for 30 minutes after the incident.

Matus says he's just glad he was distracted by a blaring car alarm, which made him turn his head moments before impact, otherwise, the bird would have hit him right in the eyes.

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