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Fatal error cited on roller-coaster

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding a roller-coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in north Texas fell from the ride after some witnesses said she wasn't properly secured.

The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller-coaster, dubbed the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world, but did not specify how she was killed.

Carmen Brown told the Dallas Morning News she was waiting in line to get on the ride when the accident happened and witnessed the woman being strapped in.

"She goes up like this. Then when it drops to come down, that's when it (the safety bar) released and she just tumbled," Brown, of Arlington, told the newspaper. "They didn't secure her right. One of the employees from the park, one of the ladies, she asked her to click her more than once, and they were like, 'As long you heard it click, you're OK.' Everybody else is like, click, click, click.' Hers only clicked once. Hers was the only one that went down once and she didn't feel safe, but they let her still get on the ride," Brown said.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 21, 2013 A6

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