Video: 14-year-old falls from Great Escape ride; expected to be OK

Schenectady man injured while trying to catch girl
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A 14-year-old girl is in stable condition with no serious injuries after falling 25 feet from a ride at Six Flags Great Escape that will remain closed while an internal review is conducted.

Emergency responders were called to the Queensbury amusement park about 8:05 p.m. Saturday after the girl, from Greenwood, Delaware, fell from the Sky Ride attraction. The slow-moving, gondola-style ride, which reaches heights of more than 20 feet, was brought to a stop after a park attendant received a call from park staff on the ground that a rider was in distress.

The girl, who was riding with a child relative, fell from the car, striking a tree before landing in a crowd of park guests and employees that had gathered underneath the ride to try to catch her before she hit the ground.

Investigators and park personnel inspected the ride and found everything to be in proper working order at the time of the incident, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The park on Sunday was given the OK by the state Department of Labor to reopen the ride, but it will remain shut “out of an abundance of caution” while reviewed, Six Flags spokeswoman Rebecca Wood said.

The girl was treated by emergency personnel at the park, then taken via ambulance to Glens Falls Hospital. She was later transported via helicopter to Albany Medical Center, where she remains in stable condition with no serious injuries reported, the sheriff’s office said.

In addition, a 47-year-old Schenectady man was taken to Glens Falls Hospital to be treated for a back injury suffered while he was trying to catch the girl.

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