Video shows moment when teen falls from Six Flags 'sky ride'

Angie Massey
June 26, 2017

So there's a big possibility that this girl chose to be an idiot and leave her seat during the ride - which is probably the case, and probably why she ended up hanging from her neck.

Park guests and employees at Six Flags Great Escape park in upstate NY became unlikely heroes when they stepped in to rescue a teenage girl dangling from a gondola ride, working together to catch her as she fell 25 feet into their arms.

The girl, who is from Greenwood, Delaware, was riding with a younger relative when she fell.

As he began to drop, someone in the crowd that had gathered below her can be heard yelling, "We'll catch you honey!"

The scene was caught on video by Loren Lent, from Glenville. The two took the brunt of the girl's fall, tumbling to the ground themselves after the catch.

She was taken to hospital, but is in a stable condition with no serious injuries.

The accident happened on the "Sky Ride" at Six Flags Amusement Park, about 55 miles north of Albany, New York.

"I couldn't let that little girl die", Howard told The Associated Press on Sunday.

USA Today has reported that a 47-year-old, one of the assembled crowd who caught the teenager, also had to go to the hospital, due to a back injury.

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"No-one wants to put himself underneath a body like that, but I couldn't stand by and watch".

"I'm just glad we could be there to help", she said.

They did not know how she had fallen out of the ride.

The Sheriff's Office said the girl fell from the vehicle, hit a tree as she fell.

"Let your legs dangle in the air as you board your open, two-person cable vehicle in Fest Area", the website said.

Howard is just happy he and his daughter were among those on the ground below.

On Sunday, park officials noted they won't be running the gondola ride despite the fact that it is cleared for operation.

"We are reviewing our internal procedures to ensure the safety and security of our guests and team members".

Lent noted that ride didn't have seat belts, only a bar to hold patrons inside. They found everything was in proper working order and all safety equipment was intact and operational at the time of the incident, the sheriff's office said.

Other reports by GizPress

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