I'm confused as to how they could have actually been struck unless they were standing on the track or part of the track...it's not like it is an inverted track. Is there usually a need to be that close to B&M track in the morning? How do you not hear a B&M train rumbling through the track if you are that close to it?
Um, even though "zoning out" should occur as you say, there is no excuse for not hearing the near-deafening sound a B&M produces when you are in its perimeter. To say that she somehow did not hear it is ludicrous.
In addition, Scream!'s area is channeled off into a secluded and more quiet area of the park. The only noises you hear in that area are the occasional sounds produced by Superman The Escape - but other than that, Scream! is the only thing around in that area that produces an incredibly loud sound.
It happened to be a 21 year old woman employee, not a male one. And the report says that she was actually on the track and employees that work the park on another message board said it was in the helix area where she was hit - and it doesn't seem as if it were too hard to do so on her part - look at how low the helix gets to the ground (especially the portion of it right when the drop into it ends).
If I remember correctly, there was a similar incident at another Six Flags park last year (correct me if I'm mistaken). Seems as if though Six Flags is having some difficulty with their lockout/tag out procedures. If the employee was able to access the area, then the ride should have been locked out, rendering it inoperable, and this tragedy would never have happened.
The Six Flags corporation should be held liable for these kind of incidents. I understand that it was through the employees own actions, but after a trend of these happenings, I think it is time for SF to do something. My thoughts are with the family.
I don't think there's any sort of "alarming trend" that's been happening. It happens once in awhile. It's not a good thing, and it should be preventable, but accidents do happen. Let's wait until we hear more details before we pass judgement and assign blame.