If you have not hear the horrible news yet, sadly a women died while riding the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas on Friday July 19th, 2013. The victim was reported to be Rosy Esparza/Rosa Irene Ayala-Gaona, who was riding with her son right before she fell to her death. This tragic accident was very shocking and upsetting for her family, and everyone who witnessed it. It must have been very scary and heartbreaking watching your mother, or a random person, fall over 100 feet off of a Roller Coaster. Our hearts and prays are out to Rosy's family Rest in Peace.
While this accident surely occurred, it is too early for people to start blaming and pointing fingers, as this accident just occurred and has not fully been investigated yet. But, we can look to see what occurred though. We know before she rode the ride the victim, Rosy, was nervous about riding and did not feel secure. Based on her appearance, she was a bit overweight, which could have contributed to the accident, as she was probably to big and barely fit into the seat. Also, herself and others surrounding talked about how the lap bar did not "click" down enough. Finally, reports say she fell out during a "turn" of the Coaster.
The story is already strange for many reasons. First, if Rosy did not feel safe, why did she even ride then? Secondly, The Texas Giant's lap bars do not "click" when they come down, because they use a hydraulic system. Most Roller Coasters lap bars make a "click" when they come down, but not this one. Thirdly, it is highly unlikely that Rosy fell out during a turn of the Coaster. On a Roller Coaster, when you enter a turn, the Force of Gravity pushes you in your seat, not out of your seat. So if this happens, how could she have fallen out of her seat if Gravity was forcing her in her seat? This its self makes the whole story stranger, because the story from the source material is already false, so we will never find out the actual truth of what truly happened. All we know, and all we will ever know is someone fell out of The New Texas Giant and passed away.
You can read more about the incident here and here
This incident that has occurred brings up the question of safety of Amusement Parks and Roller Coasters. Even though someone recently passed away because of a Roller Coasters, they are still very safe. In-fact, they are among the safest things a person could do in their life. Only a few people die each year in the world because of Roller Coasters. You have a one in a 24 million chance of dying from a Roller Coaster, which is slim to none. This is nothing compared to the every 1000+ people who get injured in an automobile accident every day. But why are most Americans scared to look at a Roller Coaster, when most Americans just love to speed and get into automobile accidents, where they get injured and even die.? No one know exactly why. Most of the time its psychological.
A good way to explain it is by listening to some advice once said by Heath Ledger when he portrayed The Joker in the film The Dark Knight. He said basically that when a large people get killed, no one cares, but when a few people die in different, odd ways, everyone panics and goes crazy. This could be applied here. No one is scared to get into a car when they have an extreme chance of dying, but when one person dies on a Roller Coaster everyone panics, goes crazy, and say they will never ride a Roller Coaster again in their life. I believe this is obscene, crazy, and ridiculous. This gets me a little angry as I do not understand why people get so afraid after an incident like this occurs, when people see and cause death everyday. But again, that is just my view as I view it, being a Roller Coaster Expert. Sadly, we will never find out the reason why.
For now, we would like to wish everyone the best of luck, and to be safe at Amusement Parks.
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