14-year-old girl falls from Sky Ride at Six Flags Great Escape

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - A 14-year-old girl fell from the Sky Ride at Six Flags Great Escape in the Lake George area Saturday evening, according to News10 ABC in Albany.

A witness, Loren Lent, said it was a slow-moving chair ride that goes through the park and that a young teenage girl was hanging from a chair by just her arms and head. Police say the girl was 14-years-old.

Lent said his wife, daughter and two of her friends were on the ride at the time.

It was around 7:45 p.m. and he heard screaming.

He and his other kids looked up and saw the teen hanging from the chair.

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office says the operator brought the ride to a stop after receiving a radio transmission from park staff on the ground that a rider was in distress.

Lent said the girl’s friend screamed that the bar on the chair was choking her.

Some bystanders decided to do something and they got together and told the girl they could catch her and to wiggle loose.

Police say the girl fell from the car, hitting a tree branch on her way down, and landing in the crowd of park guests and employees gathered underneath.

They were able to catch her, but Lent says watching it all unfold was difficult.

“You don’t know what to do I mean you know you understand that you know somebody falling from 35 feet in the air could cause damage to you or whoever you’re catching her with but it’s better off to suffer a minor injury to save someone from a serious injury and that’s what those guys ultimately did,” Lent said.

The girl was treated by park emergency medical personnel and then transported to the Glens Falls Hospital. She was then later transported to Albany Medical Center where police say she remains in stable condition. Luckily, officials say she did not suffer and serious injuries.

Additionally, police say a 47-year-old Schenectady man, one of the park guests who gathered beneath the ride to catch the girl, was sent to the hospital and treated for a back injury.

Sheriff’s investigators and park personnel inspected the ride and the car the victim was riding in and found that all safety equipment was in proper working order and operational at the time of the incident.

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