Crowd catches teen who fell from park ride

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

A day at the amusement park became anything but fun for a girl who's seen in video dangling from a ride as shocked bystanders wait anxiously to catch her from below.

The girl was then rushed to Albany Medical Center in stable condition with no serious injuries, the Warren County Sheriff's Office said.

The safety and security of our guests is our top priority, there does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until a thorough review of the ride can be completed. It was shut as a precaution.

The harrowing footage shows the girl slip underneath the safety bar of a gondola ride called "Sky Ride", a family amusement with no heigh requirement.

Howard, 47, and his 21-year-old daughter, Leeann Winchell, ran over and positioned themselves under the girl as the ride stopped and security came running.

"That's when I yelled up to her I said just fall, I promise I'll catch you", Howard said.

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

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As of now, we don't know why this girl was hanging so precariously from Sky Ride.

"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.

The pair visited her in the hospital to say as much Sunday.

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.

"Once it stopped she continued to hang for about 3-4 minutes screaming!", Facebook user Crystal Nadareski wrote in a post accompanying the video. "I'm not going to let you fall", Howard said.

Six Flags released a statement saying that New York State's Department of Labor has cleared the ride for operation, but that no one can use it until an internal review of the incident has occurred.

After the incident investigators assisted by park personnel inspected the ride and the auto the teen girl had used and discovered that everything was in proper working order.

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