A teenager fell from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park Saturday night, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below in an effort to catch the victim before she hit the ground. The Warren County Sheriff's Office said late Saturday the unidentified 14-year-old girl from Greenwood, Delaware, is at Albany Medical Center in stable condition with no serious injuries. The accident happened on the "Sky Ride" at Six Flags Amusement Park, about 55 miles north of Albany, New York, just after 8pm Saturday, reports the AP. "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.
The sheriff's office said in a statement that the girl was riding the attraction with a young relative, and fell about 25 feet from a stationary two-person car. The New York Daily News refers to Facebook video that shows the girl first dangling from the ride and screaming; people are recorded yelling, "Her neck is stuck," and then telling the girl they'll catch her. Authorities say she struck a tree branch 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 center. Authorities also say an unidentified 47-year-old park guest from Schenectady, New York, was treated and released from a hospital for a back injury sustained when he attempted to catch the falling girl.