Girl's actions caused her to fall from NY park ride


A teenage girl escaped serious injury after falling 7.6m from an amusement park ride in upstate NY - and into the arms of a crowd that had gathered below to catch her.

Warren County sheriff's Lt. Steven Stockdale said "human error" by the teenager caused her to slip under the metal safety bar, The Post-Star of Glen Falls reported.

Officials said it appeared that the teen, who is from DE and was riding with her younger brother, was either not paying proper attention or was fooling around to slide underneath the bar.

The girl, 14, was taken to Albany Medical Center, where she was reported to be in stable condition with no serious injuries, CBS reported.

Police say the ride was functioning properly at the time.

"Girl falling from ride at 6 Flags Great Escape and they have NO means to rescue them", one witness wrote in a Facebook post. 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.

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According to Jessica Hansen, director of marketing and sales, the park immediately closed the ride once all visitors were off it Saturday.

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

"As part of our annual practice an evacuation drill is conducted in partnership with local emergency personnel on this particular ride each spring", she said in an emailed response.

Howard said he visited the young girl in the hospital on Sunday.

"She landed right here on my father's chest which knocked them both down", his daughter said.

In a statement, Six Flags said the New York Department of Labor cleared the gondola ride for operation-but noted that an internal review is pending, meaning nobody can use the ride until it is over. The ride was stopped by an operator after getting word of a rider in distress - it had been higher up at one point.