Texas Giant Roller Coaster Reopens with New Safety Measures
Six Flags reopened the Texas Giant roller coaster Saturday for the first time since a rider died at the North Texas amusement park, with new precautions and warnings for people lining up more than an hour to board.
The ride opened with redesigned restraint bars and new seat belts, as well as a trial seat that riders could sit in before entering the line. The new measures did not appear to deter thousands of riders who waited an hour or more to ride the twisting wood-and-metal coaster.
Six Flags cautioned park-goers that the Texas Giant might not accommodate “guests with unique body shapes or sizes.”
The ride has been closed since Rosa Ayala-Goana fell 75 feet to her death in July. A witness told local media then that she expressed concern moments before the 14-story ride began that the safety bar had not completely engaged.
Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Six Flags.