The Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas is currently out of action after a ride operator noticed a fault.

The wooden rollercoaster was closed on June 29 after the operator noticed a problem with one of its cars. Ride inspectors have been poring over the ride to identify the source of the problem, and the park won't speculate on when the ride might reopen. Eyewiteness reports have suggested that a train "valleyed" at the bottom of a hill, before passengers were safely unloaded.

The Texas Giant will shut down for 2010 season, to undergo a $10 million renovation. The upgraded version will open in 2011, when the park will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Coaster fans hoping to gain a last experience of the current setup will be hoping that park resolves the current issue quickly.

The ride opened in 1990 and was the tallest and fastest wooden rollercoaster in the world at the time, but has gained a reputation for offering a bumpy, violent ride. The park has said it aims to make the coaster "smoother and faster" when it reopens. It will be the second time the ride has been renovated, with a previous renovation taking place nearly ten years ago.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest confirmed and rumored temporary ride closures through Theme Park Tourist's "Rehab Watch".


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