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Woman who fell from Texas roller coaster identified

Published On: Jul 22 2013 10:55:40 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 22 2013 04:06:18 PM CDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -

Authorities have identified the woman who fell to her death from a roller coaster at a North Texas amusement park as a 52-year-old Dallas resident.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office said Monday that Rosa Ayala-Goana suffered "multiple traumatic injuries" when she fell Friday from the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas. The amusement park is in Arlington, just west Dallas.

Witnesses told authorities that Ayala-Goana expressed concern moments before the 14-story ride began that the safety bar had not completely engaged.

A Texas Department of Insurance spokesman said Sunday that Six Flags was in compliance with state regulations requiring amusement ride operators to have $1 million liability insurance on each ride, and provide proof of an annual safety inspection by a certified engineer.

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A German roller coaster maker is sending officials to a North Texas amusement park to inspect a ride after a woman fell to her death.

Gerstlauer Amusement Rides in Munsterhausen, Germany, will investigate what led to Friday's accident at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington.

Witnesses said the woman expressed concern about the coaster's safety bar not completely engaging as the ride was starting.

But a project manager for Gerstlauer, Tobias Lindnar, said the company has never had problems with car safety bars on any of the roughly 50 roller coasters it's built around the world over the past 30 years.

Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed the victim died while riding the 14-story Texas Giant roller coaster, but she wouldn't give specifics.