Amusement Park Oversight in Focus after Deadly Six Flags Accident

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The death of a 52-year-old woman at a Texas Six Flags amusement park roller-coaster has once again focused attention on the lack of oversight of theme parks and amusement parks.

The death of a 52-year-old woman at a Texas Six Flags amusement park roller-coaster has once again focused attention on the lack of oversight of theme parks and amusement parks.  Those concerns are likely to be specifically high this summer, when attendance at amusement parks is at its peak.

The 52-year-old woman was riding the Texas Giant roller-coaster at the Six Flags over Texas in Arlington, when she seems to have slipped out of her lap belt.  She fell approximately 35 feet from the roller-coaster, and died instantly.

According to one witness on the ride, the woman had earlier expressed concerns to the ride operator, about the lap bar being insecure in the seat.  The amusement park as well as the German manufacturer of the ride have begun investigations into the accident.

However, no federal or local state law-enforcement agencies have planned an investigation into this six flags accident.  As a potential visitor to theme parks this summer, you should know that any injuries or fatalities that result in amusement parks are not subject to inspection by federal and state agencies.  Where an accident occurs in these parts, the park is not obligated to invite or open up the park for investigations by federal or state agencies.

This lack of oversight of a multibillion dollar industry that thrives on risk taking, can seem staggering, but it has been a fact in the amusement park industry for many years now.  In fact, since this recent fatal accident, some lawmakers have begun to raise calls for the federal government to get involved in regulating this industry, and strengthening oversight.

There are no federal regulations governing the industry, which means that different states can have different rules of their own.  That includes the rules governing the investigations of ride accidents when they occur.

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