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Texas Giant workers disagree if lap bar was down in fatal accident

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The ride attendant and ride operator of the Texas Giant disagreed on whether the lap bar on the ride was properly secured when a woman fell to her death last July.

The new details are part of a deposition taken by lawyers for the family of Rosa Esparza in December, but filed in court on Monday and obtained by FOX4 on Tuesday. The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Six Flags Over Texas in September.

The ride attendant working at the Texas Giant that day was on his fourth day working at Six Flags, according to the filing.

"In my head, I'm like, I secured it. I did my job," the unnamed ride attendant said in the deposition. "My job is to make sure that the lap bars are secure."

The ride operator had indicated in a previous statement she believed the lap bar hadn't been secured correctly.

"She expresses that she didn't think it was in the right position," said Esparza family lawyer Frank Branson, according to the transcript.

The ride attendant said if the ride operator believed people weren't secured properly, then the operator could have pressed a "lift stop button" to stop the train of cars people were in.

Lawyers for the family said Six Flags has a "no doubt policy" where the ride operator is obligated to stop the train if riders aren't "seated properly and lap bars are locked."

"If she does believe that the bar was not fully down, then she should have stopped the train," the ride attendant said.

The ride attendant said he was the one who went out into the ride to locate the missing person. He said he found Esparza on the top of a tunnel and knew immediately she wasn't alive.

"It was only her upper half that was on top of the tunnel," the ride attendant said, who added he couldn't locate the lower half of Esparza's body.

Parts of the ride attendant's deposition were included in a court filing where Esparza family lawyers contend Six Flags are slowing down the process of talking to witnesses of the incident.

Six Flags said Tuesday it had no comment about the content of the depositions.

The Texas Giant ride reopened in September with safety belts added to each car.

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