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Two amusement park accidents raise concern
Two accidents, one of them deadly, at two different amusement parks within hours of each other are raising fears about the safety of thrill rides.
Rosy Esparza died riding the 14-story high Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags in Arlington, Texas.
"She fell out of the car and just fell out of the sky."
Family members say it was Esparza's first time at the park. Terrified family members sat with her in the roller coaster car.
Witness John Putnam said, “The daughter and her son-in-law, and they were probably in their late twenties, yelling and screaming my mom has fallen off! We can't find her, she's gone! And they were just screaming when the car came back in."
Carmen Brown, witness, said, "She goes up like this and then when it drops to come down, that's when it released and she just tumbled."
Carmen Brown also telling the Dallas Morning News that the victim was concerned her safety harness was not secure... before the ride even took off.
"I always thought they do have safety precautions, they check everybody," said Brown.
In a statement Six Flags said: "We are committed to determining the cause of this tragic accident."
And in Ohio, state inspectors are trying to figure out how a boat accidentally rolled backwards on the Shoot the Rapids thrill ride at the popular Sandusky Park. The boat flipped over in water -- seven people received minor injuries. After the two accidents, we are learning there's a patchwork of state laws when it comes to amusement ride safety. Even police have little or no experience identifying safety issues.
Amusement Ride Safety Expert Ken Martin said, "The law enforcement officer has no special training on amusement rides, or amusement ride safety."
Meanwhile, the Texas Giant roller coaster remains closed, but the rest of the Six Flags park is open.