Teen who fell from Six Flags ride remains hospitalized

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 27, 2017

Facebook user Loren Lent recorded the video posted here, which captures the girl escaping from the ride and falling through a tree to the crowd below.

The 14-year-old was dangling from the chairlift about seven metres in the air for what some witnesses said was several minutes.

"They'll catch you, they'll catch you honey", one man can be heard shouting to the girl in the video.

The teen is in stable condition and did not experience any serious injuries, according to a statement from the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

The unbelievable moment took place on Saturday night (local time) while she was on the Sky Ride at Six Flags Amusement Park in NY.

In a rescue caught on video by witness Loren Lent, the teen slips out from the 2-person vehicle she was sharing with a relative and momentarily dangles 25-feet in the air.

The girl, from DE, was in one of the ride's two-person cars with her younger brother.

"I couldn't let that little girl die", Mr Howard told The Associated Press on Sunday. The girl didn't know how she had fallen out of the ride.

"When she released, I just braced my body", Howard said.

"Along the ride they should have something stationed whether its ladders or some means to perform a rescue", Lent said. "I'm not going to let you fall", Howard said. The girl remained hospitalized Sunday.

Lent said he thought it took too long for park employees to stop the ride and render aid.

"As part of our annual practice an evacuation drill is conducted in partnership with local emergency personnel on this particular ride each spring", she wrote. We were just in the right place in the right time.

Park spokeswoman Jessica Hansen says there appeared to be no malfunction on the ride, but that Six Flags has closed the attraction for further review.

Two safety consultants contacted by "CBS This Morning" said gondola rides such as Sky Ride have good safety records.

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