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

Elias Hubbard
June 27, 2017

He also said the ride was functioning properly.

Warren County sheriff's Lt. Steven Stockdale told The Post-Star of Glens Falls that "human error" on the part of the 14-year-old DE girl caused her to slip out of the two-person gondola while riding with her younger brother Saturday at Six Flags Great Escape. Her brother held her as she dangled briefly from the gondola, all the while screaming for help. She brushed against a tree, and a group of patrons helped break her fall, and numerous park visitors shot video of the incident that has gone across the Internet and television in recent days. She remains in stable condition with no serious injuries, police said. She was taken to Albany Medical Center for unspecified injuries.

The 14-year-old, whose name has not been released, was not believed to be hurt but was hospitalized for tests to ensure she didn't have any internal injuries, sheriff's Lt. Steve Stockdale said.

Employees at The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Queensbury treated the girl before emergency crews arrived, the sheriff's office said. The videos posted online show her being carried to a nearby park security golf cart before being whisked away from the scene.

On Saturday night, police were dispatched to the famous amusement park in Queensbury, New York, following an alert that a person had fallen from an attraction called the "Sky Ride".

Sheriff's Lt. Steve Stockdale told the Post-Star the girl slipped underneath the restraining bars that hold riders in the auto. She was taken initially to the Glens Falls Hospital and later flown by helicopter to Albany.

It wasn't clear how the girl came to be hanging from the ride.

CNN tried to reach Six Flags for comment, but the amusement park did not immediately respond to voice and email messages.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident, with one expert in the industry saying that even with the best safety guidelines on an amusement park ride, accidents will still happen if customer's don't follow the safety rules.

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

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