A 14-year-old girl dangled and then fell from about 25 feet from a gondola ride at Six Flags Great Escape Amusement Park in Upstate New York on Saturday evening.
A crowd of people gathered beneath the girl as she was dangling on the stopped ride. Onlookers persuaded her to let to go of a bar she was holding and to fall into the arms of the awaiting crowd.
The girl did let go and fall, hitting a thicket of tree branches on the way down.
The Six Flags ride from which the girl fell is called the “Sky Ride.” It’s designed to be a gentle family ride which carries passengers through the park on a cable. It has no minimum height requirement.
The girl was treated on the spot and then rushed to a nearby hospital in a helicopter after the incident.
The events leading up to the fall and the reasons why the teen ended up dangling from the ride remain unclear.
The girl’s identity remains undisclosed. She is a resident of Delaware, according to various news reports.
Police said a man who participated in the collective catching of the girl injured his back amidst the hurlyburly. He was treated at a local hospital.