After she lost her grip on the slow-moving gondola ride Saturday she fell into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered under the ride to catch her before she hit the ground.
The operator stopped the ride and a group of guests and employees gathered beneath the ride auto to catch the girl, who dropped into their arms.
A 47-year-old man visiting the park from Schenectady, N.Y., was also taken to a local hospital for a back injury he suffered as he tried to catch the girl, police said.
The sheriff's office said in a statement that the girl was riding the attraction with a child relative, and fell from a stationary two-person auto. Video taken during the incident doesn't show how she got stuck dangling out of the gondola at the amusement park in Queensbury, New York, but an onlooker watching the incident unfold can be heard yelling that "her neck is stuck". Thankfully, a group of park guests and security people were below to catch her.
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"It's not something that you could just slip out of", Spiegel said. He and his daughter positioned themselves below her as security approached.
"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. "Every situation is unique and requires the appropriate time and tools for the evacuation". The ride was stopped by an operator after word was received that there was a rider in distress, officials said.
The unnamed 14-year-old slips through the safety barrier and desperately clings on while crowds gather below at the Six Flags Amusement Park. The girl remained hospitalized Sunday. They didn't know how she'd fallen out of the ride.
A spokesperson for the park said: "There does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until a thorough review can be completed".