Texas Giant manufacturer denies fault in Six Flags death

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The German manufacturer of the Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington said it is not at fault for death of a Dallas woman who fell from the roller coaster in July.

In court filings this week in a lawsuit brought by the family of the woman, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides “asserts that the alleged incident was caused by the actions or inactions of others.”

The response goes on to state that Six Flags and its employees and agents were the ones maintaining and operating the ride.

“Gerstlauer did not own, maintain, or operate the ride and had no ability, authority or opportunity to do so,” the filing said.

The filing is the first response from the company in Münsterhausen, Germany, regarding the accident.

Last month, Six Flags also said in court filings that it is not liable for the accident because it complied with inspections and maintenance procedures recommended by Gerstlauer, which also designed the ride.

Rosa Esparza, 52, was killed July 19. Her family filed suit in September naming the amusement park, Six Flags Entertainment Corp., Six Flags Theme Parks Inc., Texas Flags Ltd. and Gerstlauer Amusement Rides as defendants.

The ride was shut down the night of Esparza’s death and was reopened in September after Six Flags said its investigation found that no mechanical failure was involved. Six Flags added redesigned restraint-bar pads from the manufacturer and new seat belts. The park also began providing a coaster seat at the ride entrance so guests may test whether they fit into the seat before entering the line.

This week, the Arlington Police Department released its investigative report, which found that Esparza’s death was an accident.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST

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