HORRIFIC. Horrific, horrific, horrific, horrific.

Carmen Brown of Arlington was waiting in line as the victim was being strapped in for the ride. She said she believed that the woman’s son was on the ride with her.

Brown said the woman had expressed concern to a park employee that she was not secured correctly in her seat.

“He was basically nonchalant,” Brown said. “He was, like, ‘As long as you heard it click, you’re fine.’ Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn’t feel safe. But they let her still get on the ride.”

She said the victim fell out of the ride as it made a sudden maneuver.

“The lady basically tumbled over,” she said. “We heard her screaming. We were, like, ‘Did she just fall?’.”


John Putman told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he heard two people screaming, “ ‘My mom! My mom! Let us out, we need to go get her!’ ”

Reports from park visitors began spreading rapidly on social media online, drawing worried parents and others to the gates to check on family members.

Joshua Paul Fleak posted on Twitter that he believed that the woman’s restraint had come undone.

“Just witnessed someone fly off of the Texas giant two seats in front of me,” he said. “… Coaster turned and she was gone.”