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March 24, 1999

Accident Investigation Continues At Six Flags Over Texas

Dallas, TX – March 24, 1999 – The investigation into what caused the deadly accident on the Roaring Rapids attraction at Six Flags Over Texas continued on Tuesday. Park officials stated that they have yet to determine the cause of the accident and they plan to conduct a thorough investigation.

As of Tuesday morning two of the eight victims remained hospitalized Arlington Memorial Hospital. Charlotte Williams, 26 and Monica Davis, 36 both from Arkansas and were listed in good condition.

On Monday park officials acknowledged that the seating unit had separated from the inner-tube base during the accident. It remains unknown if the separation of the tube from the seats played a role in the cause of the accident.

Tuesday park officials stated that Six Flags Over Texas would operate as scheduled on Saturday, but the Roaring Rapids attraction would remain closed until the investigation is complete.

Sources also confirmed Tuesday that representatives from the rides manufacturer, Intamin AG, had arrived on site to conduct their own investigation.

The same source also confirmed that Six Flags officials have hired Coulter and Associates of Delaware, Ohio, an independent ride-safety-consulting firm, to conduct an outside investigation into what may have caused the accident.