A teenager has fallen from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park, tumbling into a crowd gathered below in an effort to catch her.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office said the unidentified 14-year-old girl is at Albany Medical Center in stable condition with no serious injuries after the incident on Saturday night.
The accident happened on the ‘Sky Ride’ at Six Flags Amusement Park, about 90 kilometers north of Albany, New York.
The girl fell about eight metres from a stationary two-person car. The ride was stopped by an operator after word was received that there was a rider in distress, officials said.
Authorities say the girl fell from the car and struck a tree before landing in the crowd.
She was treated by park emergency medical staff and transferred by ambulance to Glen Falls Hospital before being taken by helicopter to the medical centre.
Officials inspected the ride and said it was in proper working order. The park said in a statement that the safety of guests is a top priority.
“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.
An unidentified 47-year-old man was treated and released from a hospital for a back injury sustained when he attempted to catch the falling girl.