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Six Flags Blames Coaster Manufacturer for Wrongful Death

In a wrongful death lawsuit against Six Flags over Texas involving a roller coaster malfunction that killed a woman last July, the Arlington amusement park is blaming the German company that manufactured the coaster.

The original lawsuit was filed by the family of 52-year-old Rose Esparza, who fell to her death from a roller coaster named "Texas Giant," which she was riding with several members of her family at the time of the tragedy. The family alleges that Esparza's lap bar restraint malfunctioned, causing her to fly out of the car while the roller coaster was in operation.

Eaparza's family filed a wrongful death claim against Six Flags and Gerstlauer, the manufacturer of the roller coaster, for over $1 million.

According to documents filed this week, the defendants in the case are blaming one another for the ride's malfunction.

Six Flags filed a cross complaint against Gerstlauer for full indemnity, claiming the roller coaster's design was defective.

Although Gerslauer has a full 20 days to respond to the complaint, a spokesperson for the company announced that the roller coaster was designed according to Six Flags' specifications.