A 14-year-old who fell out an amusement park ride was saved after rescuers caught her. According to onlookers, she hit a tree and then was caught by guests and workers before she hit the ground.
One of the rescuers, Matthew Howard Sr, was leaving the theme park when he heard the teen screaming for help.
After the girl began dangling from the gondola, word was relayed to the operator to stop the ride.
45, and his 21-year-old daughter, Leeann Winchell, were two of the people who gathered to help.
“If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have been there”, Howard said.
The girl lost her grip and fell down where Mr Howard and Ms Winchell, and others, were waiting.
The girl fell about eight metres from a stationary two-person vehicle. Howard was hospitalized with a minor back injury and later released from the hospital.
“The victim was later transported via helicopter to the Albany Medical Center where she remains in stable condition with no serious injuries reported”.
Her little brother was shaken up but uninjured otherwise, she said. “It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they put additional safety restrictions on this ride, maybe safety belts”.
“My daughter was just traumatized”, he said. “We were in the right place at the right time“.
The accident happened on the “Sky Ride” at Six Flags Amusement Park, about 90 kilometres north of Albany, New York.
Park staff stopped the ride after finding out a passenger was in distress.
Authorities say the girl was riding the attraction and fell about 25 feet from a stationary two-person auto, striking a tree before landing in the crowd below.
When asked whether the girl’s evacuation from the ride had followed protocol, Wood did not specify but said that all rides have a “standard evacuation plan”.
“I’ll never let my family on that ride again”, he said.
They found everything was in proper working order and all safety equipment was intact and operational at the time of the incident, the sheriff’s office said.
“At approximately 8:05 p.m. on June 24, 2017, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and emergency medical services were dispatched to the Six Flags Amusement Park after a park guest fell from a ride”, stated a spokesperson for Six Flags.
Still, out of an abundance of caution, the ride will remain closed until a thorough internal review is completed, a rep for the park said.