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Texas roller coaster death investigation

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A roller coaster at Six Flags over Texas remains closed as investigators try to figure out what led a woman to fall to her death on Friday.

Ed Lavandera has the latest from Arlington, Texas.

THE TEXAS GIANT STARTS WITH A SPINE-TINGLING DROP...

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THIS IS WHERE WITNESSES SAY THEY SAW ROSY ESPARZA FALL FROM THE WOODEN ROLLER COASTER.

CARMEN BROWN WAS NEXT IN LINE TO GET ON THE RIDE WHEN SHE HEARD THE HORRIFIC SCREAMS.

"She goes up like this. and when it drops to come down and that's when it released and she just tumbled."

SOME WITNESSES TOLD LOCAL NEWS MEDIA THAT ESPARZA TOLD A SIX FLAGS EMPLOYEE SHE WAS WORRIED THAT HER SEAT RESTRAINT HAD NOT LOCKED PROPERLY.  

ESPARZA'S SON AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS RODE ALONG WITH HER.

THEY HAD TO RIDE OUT THE 2-MINUTE ROLLER COASTER FEARING THE WORST THE REST OF THE WAY.

"They were screaming when they got back and they were trying to get out of the restraint and they were screaming 'My mom, my mom - we got to get my mom!'"

SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS HURRICANE HARBOR REFUSES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON CAMERA, BUT IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT SAYS: "WE ARE COMMITTED TO DETERMINING THE CAUSE OF THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT... IT WOULD BE A DISSERVICE TO THE FAMILY TO SPECULATE REGARDING WHAT TRANSPIRED."

ACCORDING TO A NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL ANALYSIS OF AMUSEMENT PARK INJURIES THERE WERE JUST OVER 12-HUNDRED RIDE RELATED INJURIES IN 2011.

ABOUT 4-PERCENT OF THOSE CAUSED SERIOUS PHYSICAL HARM.

ROLLER COASTER ACCIDENTS ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 28-PERCENT OF THE INJURIES.

BUT INDUSTRY OBSERVERS SAY AMUSEMENT PARKS ARE LOOSELY REGULATED AND THAT IT IS SIX FLAGS THAT WILL BE IN CHARGE OF CONDUCTING THE INVESTIGATION, NOT AN OUTSIDE INDEPENDENT AGENCY.

"Whatever organization comes in, whomever comes in, their work is the property of Six Flags.  And it will remain the property of Six Flags because there is nothing in Texas or many other states that make them have to release that information."

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