TODAY   |  July 21, 2013

Victim identified in Texas roller coaster accident

Investigators are answering tough questions Six Flags over Texas Sunday after a woman, Rosy Esparza, was killed when she ejected from a roller coaster at the theme park. NBC’s Charles Hadlock reports.

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>>> investigators are trying to figure out how a woman was thrown from a roller coaster at six flags in texas , an accident that ended up being fatal. with the latest on the investigation, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, chris. 51-year-old rosie esparza of texas . it was her first visit to six flags and she was having a good time. a thrill ride that turned deadly within seconds. investigators today are working to answer tough questions at is six flags over texas in arlington. a day and a half after a woman was ejected from the texas giant roller coaster .

>> the guys that were sitting right behind the lady said right when they came down off the first bump and hit that first turn, she flew out.

>> witness reports are revealing terrifying moments and possible insight into the cause of the accident. carmen brown told the dallas morning news the victim had expressed concern about the security of her safety restraint before the ride.

>> she asked them more than once. the guy was like, as long as you heard it click, you're okay.

>> six flags has not commented on the safety restraint but did issue a statement that reads in part, it would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired. this is the second deadly accident since the opening. a woman drowned and ten others were injured in a rafting accident. the texas giant is one of the biggest thrill rides at the park, with a drop of 47 feet. for now it remains closed as officials figure out how the ride went from thrilling to deadly in mere seconds.

>> this morning, the texas giant remains at a standstill until investigators figure out exactly what went wrong. chris?

>> charles hadlock, thank you.