A teen falls from the Sky Ride Six Flags Roller Coaster and the terrifying scene is captured on cell phone video. In the video shot by Loren Lent, the female teenager is seen dangling from 25 feet from a slow-moving gondola ride. Lent said he thought it took too long for park employees to stop the ride and render aid. He said the ride has no seat belt, and just a bar across to hold patrons inside.
A crowd forms and begins to call for help when Howard, 47, and his 21-year-old daughter, Leeann Winchell, position themselves under the girl.
“I said: ‘It’s ‘OK! It’s OK to let go, I’ll catch you, honey,'” said Howard.
The girl eventually loses her grip and falls but is caught by the good Samaritans. Howard, a contractor from Schenectady, was treated and released for a minor back injury after the rescue.
The 14-year-old girl from Greenwood, Delaware, was taken to Albany Medical Center in stable condition with no serious injuries, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said.
“I’m just glad we could be there to help,” Winchell said. “We were in the right place at the right time.”
The accident happened on the Sky Ride at Six Flags Great Escape Amusement Park. The ride was stopped by an operator after getting word of a rider in distress.
Officials inspected the ride and said it was in proper working order.
“There does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until a thorough review can be completed,” a park official said.
On Sunday, park officials said the ride had been cleared for operation, but would remain closed.
“We are reviewing our internal procedures to ensure the safety and security of our guests and team members,” park officials said.