Roller coaster victim fell 23 metres

20:17, Jul 23 2013

A coroner says the passenger killed while riding a Texas roller coaster was ejected from her seat and plummeted about 23 metres before striking a metal beam.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office released additional details today (NZ time) on the death of 52-year-old Rosa Irene Ayala-Gaona. She was found dead Friday night at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in suburban Dallas.

The official cause of death remains pending, but the office says the Dallas woman's body was found atop a ride tunnel for the 14-story Texas Giant roller coaster.

The coroner says Ayala-Gaona was ejected from her third-row seat as the ride began a steep descent along the track's first large hill.

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