Speaking of horrible things you would totally hope were fake if you saw them on Snopes' Urban Legends page, at around 6:30 last night a woman fell to her death from the Texas Giant, a 14-story coaster in the Arlington Six Flags as her children watched from the ground.
The roller coaster is commonly known as the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world, according to NYDN.
A woman standing nearby on the line says that the safety bar on the other woman's seat released and dropped her because she hadn't been secured properly by park employees:
"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."
The Texas Giant isn't even the rickety, out-dated kind that you'd picture in your nightmares about this sort of thing: it had undergone a million-dollar renovation in 2011 to integrate the steel. A spokeswoman for the park has confirmed the accident and informed the press that the ride would be closed today in order to complete a thorough investigation of the death. A concert scheduled for today was also cancelled.
Fucked up. The 15 or so years I've spent being the neurotic wimp holding friends' bags and glasses while they go on scary rides are now validated, but I wish they weren't.