Six Flags Over Texas workers may see medical examiner photos in depositions for fatal accident case

Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Attorneys representing the woman who fell to her death from the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington will be allowed to show medical examiner’s scene photographs during depositions with park employees, a Tarrant County judge has decided.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:04 PM
rollergator's avatar

I've seen a couple individuals suggest that SF was *heavily involved* in the design and construction of the Gerstlauer train....to the extent where it could be argued that SF was more responsible for the train than Gerstlauer was. But I haven't seen anything even remotely official-ish from either SF or Gerstlauer that indicated such a relationship.

Can anyone here confirm, deny, or otherwise say "no comment" with a winky to suggest a factual basis for that? Becase as it stands right now with what I have seen from reputable/official sources, SF bears some burden for the operations, but so does Gerstlauer for the train. (Not sure why the control systems go/no-go indicator hasn't come up, but that's another question).

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 5:06 PM

rollergator said:

Can anyone here confirm, deny, or otherwise say "no comment" with a winky to suggest a factual basis for that?

Anyone who would reply no-comment, with a winky, regarding a fact relevant to a lawsuit not otherwise known to the public would either be completely uninformed or an idiot.

One can safely assume that other than cosmetic features, color, or other accoutrement, the design/engineering of the car/restraints lies solely with the manufacturer.

Last edited by CreditWh0re, Thursday, February 20, 2014 5:13 PM
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Thursday, February 20, 2014 5:13 PM

rollergator said:

(Not sure why the control systems go/no-go indicator hasn't come up, but that's another question).

Well, that's because the woman's body shape met the criteria for the go/no-go decision. There has been zero information as to the fact that the go/no-go indicator was faulty.

There's no way to say this without sounding heartless, but she had the obese body size and dimensions to get the restraint closed, but not to have the restraint was where it needed to be to hold the body in the car. Same situation as Perilous Plunge. Too much upper body, not enough lower body, and the ability to "suck it in" enough to pass the go/no-go decision.

Thus we will see seat belts on all new rides from this point on, not as redundant safety device, but as a self limiting feature to prevent other similar body shape related incidents.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 5:50 PM
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Pretty sure Gator was joking about the no comment...


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Thursday, February 20, 2014 6:07 PM
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As a former ride operator involved in a significant coaster accident, it is bad enough knowing your judgments and/or actions lead to injury, let alone a death in this case. The only reason I can see for showing death photographs from the incident to ride operators is to produce a sense of guilt and responsibility looking at a dead woman's body, thus making them second guess their thoughts and comments while being deposed. Of course the lawyers representing the family are going to berate the ride operators by waving the photos in their face; I totally feel for these staff members.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 6:41 PM
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Tekwardo said:

Pretty sure Gator was joking about the no comment...

Yeah, well....I remember commenting that there was NO WAY that the poster identifying themselves as Dan Koch (lawyer by trade) would actually be posting some of the stuff that sure enough, showed up on my monitor.

But yeah...

CreditWh0re said:

Anyone who would reply no-comment, with a winky, regarding a fact relevant to a lawsuit not otherwise known to the public would either be completely uninformed or an idiot.

...so really, who knows anything any more... *shrug*

Short version: No, in no way would I actually expect anyone to respond in that fashion. Certainly not anyone who DID actually know something.

Last edited by rollergator, Thursday, February 20, 2014 6:43 PM
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Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:28 PM
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Well, true, but as we all found out (at least I think I did), Dan isn't someone I'd want as an attorney.


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Friday, February 21, 2014 12:19 PM
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No comment. ;)

And to answer your next question: yes, I am a completely uninformed idiot.

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