Teen injured after fall from Six Flags 'Sky Ride'

According to the Daily Dot, the girl was taken to a nearby hospital, but was found not to have any serious injuries.

Howard was treated and released for a back injury.

A video on Facebook shows a 14-year-old from DE dangling from a stopped auto on a Six Flags Sky Ride in Queensbury, New York, USA Today reports. She was first treated by emergency staff at the park, then taken to a local hospital.

"I couldn't let that little girl die", he said.

Sheriff's investigators, assisted by park personnel, inspected the ride and the auto the girl was in Saturday night and said everything was in proper working order and all safety equipment was intact and operational.

That's exactly what happened at Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, NY on Saturday - though the incident thankfully had a happy ending.

"Looking at her today knowing she was alright because of me and my daughter, made it worth it", Howard said.

Hansen said even though the park had permission to re-open the ride, park officials kept it closed "out of an abundance of caution".

A crowd began to form, with dozens of people capturing the moment on video.

"I'm just glad we could be there to help", she said. He and his daughter positioned themselves below her as security approached.

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Lent can be heard on the video yelling to the girl, trying to reassure her it was okay to let go because the crowd below would catch her. Seconds later, she let go and hit a tree branch before the crowd below caught her.

He looked up to see a young girl dangling about 25 feet (about 8 meters) off the ground from a slow-moving gondola ride as the sun was setting. They didn't know how she'd fallen out of the ride.

The crowd erupted into cheers and clapping as the girl was rushed by staff to an awaiting golf-buggy to take her for medical treatment.

Howard, who can be seen in the video wearing a white T-shirt, was knocked to the ground by the impact.

However, he and Winchell acknowledged it was likely hard for park staff to communicate quickly in the heat of the moment. "Everybody did what they could".

All rides have a standard evacuation plan, said Wood, the park spokeswoman. It's called the "sky ride," and it's among the park's longtime attractions. "The safety and security of our guests is our top priority and our thoughts and prayers are with our guest and her family".

More than 135 rides and attractions are at Great Escape and its adjacent Splashwater Kingdom.

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

Howard had some minor shoulder and rib pain, but said he and his daughter were able to visit the girl today.

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