A 14-year-old girl plummeted 25 feet after falling off a ride at Six Flags amusement park in upstate New York. Thankfully, her injuries are minor, and as of Sunday morning she is in stable condition.
As CNN reports, the teenager, from Greenwood, Delaware, fell from Sky Ride, a slow, “gondola-style attraction” at The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Queensbury. In the Associated Press video—which, I must warn you, is a bit anxiety-producing—you can see her hanging by her hands as a crowd gathers underneath her. She lets go and is struck by a tree branch, but is caught by other amusement park patrons.
Six Flags employees tended to the girl before emergency crews took her to Glens Falls Hospital and then flew her to Albany. A 47-year-old man from Schenectady, New York, was also taken to Glens Falls Hospital after sustaining back injury. He was hurt as he attempted to catch the falling girl.
As of now, we don’t know why this girl was hanging so precariously from Sky Ride. An investigation revealed the ride to be in compliance with safety codes and in full working order. When the operator learned that one of the passengers was in danger, they halted the ride.
Six Flags has not yet offered a comment regarding this frightening incident.