FORT WORTH Six Flags Over Texas is joining a lawsuit filed by the family of a Dallas woman who fell from a roller coaster at the North Texas amusement park.

Rosa Esparza fell 75 feet to her death while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster in July at the Arlington park. The ride reopened in September.

The woman's family sued Six Flags and coaster maker Gerstlauer Amusement Rides in state district court in Fort Worth. Six Flags, which denied any liability, has now joined in the lawsuit against Gerstlauer.

According to A. von Waldow, a lawyer representing Gerstlauer, engineers with Six Flags approved the roller coaster and tested it exhaustively.

The truth is that Gerstlauer delivered this roller coaster pursuant to the detailed specifications submitted by Six Flags, von Waldow said. ... No objections were ever made by Six Flags. The truth is that this regrettable accident was caused by Six Flag's failure to follow its own operating procedures. Had they been followed this accident would not have happened.

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