Girl at fault in 25-foot fall from ride, police say

Angie Massey
June 28, 2017

A teenager fell about 25 feet from an upstate NY amusement park ride on Saturday night. Police gave no further details on what the teenager may have done to cause the accident, other than to say the girl is going to be OK.

The footage shows her hitting a tree as she fell, but cheers erupt as the girl is caught.

Authorities said a 47-year-old man was hospitalized after he hurt his back trying to catch the girl, but has since been released. Her little brother was shaken up but uninjured otherwise, she said.

"I promise I'll catch you", he insisted.

"When I first realized that she was dangling, I heard her brother saying, 'Please somebody help her!', screaming and crying", Leeann Winchell, 21, recalled of the Saturday evening incident at Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury, NY, north of Albany.

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On Sunday, the New York State Department of Labor cleared the ride for operation.

Witnesses said she had been kicking branches along the way and slipped out from her seat when she stretcher her leg too far out to the side.

The unidentified 14-year-old was on the Sky Ride Saturday when the operator got word someone was in distress, according to a statement from the sheriff's office. He said he wouldn't be surprised if they didn't add safety belts or other safety restrictions on the ride in future. He said the ride has no seatbelt; just a bar across to hold patrons inside.

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — A 14-year-old DE girl who survived falling off a NY amusement park ride has been released from a hospital.

"We are reviewing our internal procedures to ensure the safety and security of our guests and team members", park officials said. The park said there appeared to be nothing wrong with the ride, but it will remained closed until it can closely investigate the situation further.

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