Teen Girl Falls Off Ride At Six Flags, Somehow Is Barely Injured

A 14-year-old girl was injured when she dropped from a ride Saturday night at a Six Flags amusement park in upstate NY, the sheriff's office said.

Lent told the AP that his wife and 10-year-old daughter had been on the ride and watched the incident from above the girl.

Matthew Howard Sr was just leaving the Six Flags Great Escape Amusement Park with his family when he heard someone screaming.

The young girl miraculously escaped without serious injury, and is now at the Albany Medical Center in stable condition, the Warren County Sheriff's Office said. In the Associated Press video-which, I must warn you, is a bit anxiety-producing-you can see her hanging by her hands as a crowd gathers underneath her.

The girl fell approximately 25 feet from the "Sky Ride" gondola attraction into a crowd of people gathered to catch her, according to multiple eyewitness reports.

As witnesses below stretch out their arms, they reassure the girl they will catch her. Once she got down, she was carried off to a golf cart, and the ride resumed, he said.

She fell through a tree before being caught by the men.

Generally speaking, amusement parks can be sued for negligence, including failing to maintain equipment, failing to warn riders of risks, failing to train the operators of rides, and providing incorrect instructions to riders.

A cellphone video of the girl falling taken by Loren Lent of Glenville, went viral overnight, and the story was picked up by media outlets including staff-written stories in the the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and several papers in England.

Howard, a contractor from Schenectady, was treated and released for a minor back injury after the rescue.

"My daughter was just traumatized", he said.

"There does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until a thorough review can be completed", an official said.

He claimed park employees took too long to stop the ride and said the ride lacked a seatbelt. The park said in a statement that the safety of guests is a top priority.

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

  • Larry Hoffman