April 10, 2004
Valencia, CA -- Following a thorough inspection yesterday, Cal/OSHA has released the Scream roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain for normal operation. The state inspection was required following the death of park employee, who was killed when she was struck by one of the coaster's trains on Friday.
The park plans to keep the ride closed through the weekend out of respect for the Rackchamroon family and Bantita's fellow employees.
The LA County Sheriff's department also investigated the incident and have concluded that the incident was a tragic accident. It is not known why the employee deviated from her safety training procedures and walked underneath the track of the ride.
A news release from the park states that the safety and security of our guests and employees is our number one priority and the primary focus in our training and operating procedures. We are proud of our safety record and feel confident we have the proper procedures in place to keep our employees safe.
Our deepest sympathy remains with Bantita Rackchamroon's family and friends. All of us at Magic Mountain mourn the loss of our co-worker. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy.
Scream will reopen for operation at Six Flags on Monday.