Amusement park regulations, inspections vary in US

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Posted: Jul 27, 2013 11:21 AM
Amusement park regulations, inspections vary in US

DALLAS (AP) — From Six Flags to Walt Disney World, there's no federal oversight of permanent amusement parks, and regulations vary from state to state.

The death of a woman who fell 75 feet from Six Flags' Texas Giant roller coaster is reinvigorating discussion among safety experts about whether it's time to create more consistent, stringent regulations for thrill rides across the nation.

In Texas, the Department of Insurance requires that an amusement park's insurance company perform a yearly inspection and carry $1 million liability insurance on each ride. That's according to agency spokesman Jerry Hagins.

Six Flags Over Texas is still investigating the July 19 death of Rose Ayala-Goana, and the ride remains closed. The organization doesn't have to submit a report to the state on what caused her to fall.