Photos: Texas Giant reopens in Arlington

Texas Giant

Credit: Katrina Gutierrez / WFAA

The Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas reopened on September 14, 2013 with new safety features after a passenger fell from the ride to her death in July.

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by KATRINA GUTIERREZ

WFAA

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 6:11 PM

ARLINGTON (AP) — Six Flags has reopened the Texas Giant roller coaster for the first time since a rider fell 75 feet to her death.

The ride at the North Texas amusement park opened Saturday with new precautions that included redesigned restraint bars and new seat belts. Riders also could sit in a trial seat before entering the line.

Six Flags cautioned park-goers who waited more than an hour to board that the Texas Giant might not accommodate "guests with unique body shapes or sizes."

The ride has been closed since Rosy Esparza died in July. Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Six Flags.

Thousands of riders waited an hour or more Saturday to ride the twisting, wood-and-metal coaster that features a drop of 79 degrees and banked turns.

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