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Fatal Six Flags Coaster Saw 14 Injuries in 5 Years

Fatal Six Flags Coaster Saw 14 Injuries in 5 Years
Posted Tuesday, July 23rd 2013 @ 11am  by  Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– Injury, it seems, is nothing new on and around the Six Flags roller coaster where a woman died last week. Between April 2008 and April 2013, the park reported 14 injuries tied to the Texas Giant, though three occurred before or after patrons rode it, the AP reports. The gravest injuries were apparently concussions and strained muscles—but with the park reporting the data itself, "The numbers that we hear about are typically the tip of the iceberg," says a safety analyst. And while fatal roller coaster accidents are rare, "Most times that you have death accidents, it was something either ignorant or human error," adds a safety inspector for amusement parks.

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