Nightly News   |  July 20, 2013

Woman dies in roller coaster incident

A woman died Friday at Six Flags Over Texas near Dallas while riding the world's steepest wooden roller coaster. NBC’s Sarah Dallof reports.

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>>> something went terribly wrong last night on a popular roller coaster at six flags over texas in arlington. as authorities investigate, witness reports are raising questions about whether the victim had been properly secured. here's nbc's sarah donnell.

>> reporter: the texas giant at six flags over texas in arlington is 14 stories high, with a drop of more than 79 degrees. friday evening, passengers watched in horror as a woman was ejected midride.

>> when it pulled up, the daughter, and son of the lady that flew out of the car were hysterical, and they were saying that their mother flew out of the car. we were kind of in disbelief, and we just said a prayer for merp

>> reporter: another witness, carmen brown, told the "dallas morning news" she heard the woman express concerns about her safety restraint prior to the start of the ride. quote, she asked them to click her more than once, and the guy was like, as long as you heard a click, you were okay. six flags did not comment directly on the safety restraints, but said in a statement, quote, we are working closely with authorities to determine the cause of the accident. this is the park's second fatal accident since opening in 1961 . a woman died and ten others were injured when a raft overturned in 1999 . tonight, the park is open, but the roller coaster remains closed, as the investigation continues.