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Six Flags Files Suit Against Maker of Texas Giant

Posted on 2/18/2014 by with 0 comments

399px-Spx_Grasshopper_02Six Flags claims the Texas Giant train involved in a fatal accident in July was a “defective product that was unreasonably dangerous in design, manufacture, distribution and promotion.”

Rosa Esparza, a 52-year-old grandmother, died instantly when she fell from the roller coaster. Her family is suing Six Flags and Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, the German firm that made the roller coaster trains.

Arnd von Waldow, an attorney representing Gerstlauer, said he was surprised Six Flags blamed Esparza’s death on the company in a court filing Friday. He said Six Flags was not a passive customer.

“This roller coaster was built according to the specific design specifications and was reviewed, tested and approved by Six Flags,” von Waldow said. “Six Flags was intimately involved in the design and production of this roller coaster. … Six Flags had this designed exactly the way Six Flags wanted it to be designed.”

The Arlington amusement park’s allegations against the ride company don’t signal the end of the Texas Giant.


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