Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Teen hurt after dropping from ride at Six Flags

Teen hurt after dropping from ride at Six Flags

Dramatic video captures the moment a 14-year-old girl plummeted about 25 feet from a ride at an upstate Six Flags amusement park - and was caught by a group of guests and security workers. There's a totally understandable amount of panic and urgency in the crowd, but some of them called out with words of calm and encouragement too, promising the girl that she'd be safe if she dropped.

Lent said the other passenger in the two-person vehicle was telling the crowd that the girl couldn't breath because her head was stuck and the bar was choking her.

A video posted to Facebook and YouTube shows her dangling from the vehicle with a crowd beneath her, then losing her grip and falling.

As people looked closer, they could see her neck was stuck in between the metal bar that is meant to protect people from falling out.

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The ride was stopped after the operator was told of a rider in distress, CBS reported. The teen was dangling from her gondola, and, as you'll see in the Facebook video below, her neck appeared to be trapped between the bars and the vehicle.

Her little brother was shaken up but uninjured otherwise, she said. Another man attempting to participate in the rescue also suffered a back injury. She was treated by park emergency medical staff and taken by ambulance to Glen Falls Hospital before being transferred by helicopter to the medical center.

"I just couldn't stand there", he said.

Ms Winchell, who is applying to be a nurse, said she and her father had visited the girl on Sunday at the hospital and she was in good spirits.

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The park is investigating how the incident occurred and has closed the ride until the investigation is complete.

Lent noted that ride didn't have seat belts, only a bar to hold patrons inside.

"Every situation is unique and requires the appropriate time and tools for the evacuation", Wood said in a statement.

Officials at Great Escape say there wasn't any malfunction with the ride. "The safety and security of our guests is our top priority and our thoughts and prayers are with our guest and her family".

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