Cops Won't Run Coaster Death Investigation
Six Flags running own investigation
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 22, 2013 2:37 AM CDT
Updated Jul 22, 2013 6:54 AM CDT
The Texas Giant roller coaster ride sits idle at the Six Flags Over Texas park Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(Newser) – Don't expect an independent probe into the death of a woman on Six Flags' Texas Giant roller coaster: The amusement park is conducting its own investigation, the Dallas Morning News reports. Since the death is seen as accidental, police and fire authorities aren't likely to dig deep on the issue. But Six Flags says it's "committed to determining the cause of this tragic accident and will utilize every resource throughout this process." The park, its insurance company, and an inspector hired by one of those firms will seek answers, the Morning News notes.

Still, "quite frankly, Six Flags Over Texas is not required to do anything," a safety inspector tells CBS 11. There is no official Texas body to review accidents, the same inspector tells the Morning News. And "in all likelihood, do you think Six Flags is going to come out and say, 'we screwed up'?" Some outsiders, however, will join in the investigation: Reps for the German makers of the cars on the Texas Giant are on their way to the States. "We have to investigate what has happened there," says a spokesman for Gerstlauer Amusement Rides. "I’m sure there’s no safety bar that is broken." Meanwhile, park guests tell the Morning News about safety concerns, including the appearance of understaffing: "You can actually go places in the park and not even see an employee," says one visitor.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Independent Probe Unlikely in Coaster Death is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 24 comments
Jul 22, 2013 5:39 PM CDT
With the same way of thinking, i.e. Asiana plane crash should be investigated by SFO Airport only. It happened on the City grounds so City should be investigating. This will be bogus, no independent report will be issued.
Jul 22, 2013 3:44 PM CDT
"police and fire authorities aren't likely to dig deep on the issue." Course not, this is boring. No need for a swat team, no busting doors in the middle of the night, no need for flashbang grenades, and no dragging out half naked poor saps from their homes at 1am. Now thats real fun the military thugs can talk about over their free government liquor.
Jul 22, 2013 12:31 PM CDT
And "in all likelihood, do you think Six Flags is going to come out and say, 'we screwed up'?" I think that they need to say they made a change to reduce the likelihood of this happening again. Perhaps a redesign in the seat belts and/or training of the employees who strap people in. If they just say don't worry about it then people will worry about it.