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Waldameer Reacts to Texas Coaster Death

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Days after a woman fell to her death from a roller coaster in Texas, police are still investigating.

A witness allegedly said she overheard the woman asking a ride operator to help clip her safety belt.

She reported that the ride operator said that if she heard a click, she was good.

Our own amusement park, Waldameer, has somewhat smaller coasters, but they have a system in place to make sure ride operators are keeping riders secure.

"There are two people, one on either side putting you into a car, one person checking you when you come in, and one person running the ride," said owner Paul Nelson. "They don't start the ride up until the people who have checked everybody goes back to a position, puts their thumb up, and the fellow who's gonna release the ride puts his thumb up back to them."

 Nelson also said they keep patrons safe by not trying to break records with their rides, and by dismissing guests who don't follow the safety rules.

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