A water ride accident at Cedar Point in Ohio that left seven people hurt this week on top of a tragic Six Flags death of a mother falling out from a roller coaster in Texas and being killed is raising questions over safety measures at U.S. amusement parks, UPI reported this Monday, July 22. Officials at both parks are looking into the possible causes of these recent casualties at the Shoot the Rapids water ride and the Texas Giant coaster in the southern state.
The water ride accident has closed down the popular attraction after a sudden boat malfunction injured a reported seven occupants when the log boat careened backwards on a hill and flipped over, trapping the people inside under water for a short time until help could arrive.
Park visitors who witnessed the Cedar Point accident at the water ride quickly made their way through the water to help the victims until medical teams and park staff could make it. While staff allegedly were professional and prompt in their assistance, it was still a very scary situation, said two bystanders.
“There was blood everywhere,” said one woman who saw the water ride accident. “It was so scary.”
“We heard a snap and then a clunk and then it was the loudest noise, like an explosion,” another female witness said. “Then it slid down the hill and flipped on its side.”
The Shoot the Rapids ride has been closed until safety measures have been taken to fix the problem and verify just what could have caused the boat to flip over in the first place.
A Six Flags death of a mother is an even more shocking story this week in Texas, as a woman was on the steep roller coaster when horrified witnesses claim they saw Rosy Esparza suddenly fly out from the car, killing her. Her two children are said to be absolutely “devastated” at the loss of their mother.
The death at Six Flags has done more than just raise safety questions, however. It has also brought the law into question, as the state of Texas has no governmental authority to check for safety standards at amusement parks, so it will be Six Flags itself who is heading the investigation into the woman’s fatal fall.
How do you feel about the recent water ride accident and Six Flags death? Do you believe they were only tragic accidents happening close to one another, or as some reports claim, the result of substandard safety procedures at amusement parks? Offer your opinion below.
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