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

Violet Tucker
June 27, 2017

A teenage girl survived a dramatic fall from a ride at a USA theme park after men heroically caught her.

The 14-year-old girl was on the Sky Ride at Six Flags Great Escape when she appeared to become trapped by her neck, dangling from the ride. The ride was stopped, and the girl dangled briefly before dropping about 25 feet (about 8 meters) into a crowd poised to catch her.

According to a statement from the Warren County Sheriff's office, the girl was 14 years old visiting the NY park from Delaware.

Authorities say the girl fell from the auto and struck a tree before landing in the crowd.

As she fell screams could be heard from the crowds gathered to watch the drama unfold. "I'm not going to let you fall", said Mr Howard.

She eventually lets go and a group of fellow amusement park goers catch her follow before she's quickly rushed to medical attention.

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"I'm just glad we could be there to help", Winchell said.

"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.

An initial investigation determined everything on the ride was in proper working order, and the state Department of Labor cleared the Sky Ride for operation Sunday morning. "Every situation is unique and requires the appropriate time and tools for the evacuation".

"We are reviewing our internal procedures to ensure the safety and security of our guests and team members", a park spokesman said. The ride was stopped by an operator after getting word of a rider in distress - it had been higher up at one point, according to the Associated Press.

Portions of the incident, which occurred at the Six Flags Great Escape location in NY, were captured on video by witnesses and shared to social media.

"At the end of the day, whatever happened, we saved this girl's life, and now she's got a second chance", Winchell said.

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