Teen caught after fall from amusement park ride

- A 14-year-old girl visiting from Delaware survived a 25-foot fall from a stopped gondola ride at a Six Flags in upstate New York Saturday night.

The unidentified teenager was riding on the “Sky Ride” at Six Flags Amusement Park in Queensbury, New York just after 8 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities said the girl was riding the attraction with a child relative and fell about 25 feet from a stationary two-person car. The ride was stopped by an operator after word was received that there was a rider in distress.

A bystander captured the scene on cell phone video as the teen fell from the car, striking a tree before landing in a crowd of park guests and employees that had gathered underneath the car in an attempt to catch the victim before she hit the ground.

Emergency personnel treated the teen on the scene, and she was later taken to the hospital.  Amazingly, she has no serious injuries.

A 47 year old Schenectady man who was also a guest at the park was treated for a back injury suffered as he was attempting to catch the falling victim.

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

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