Man catches teen falling from park ride: 'It's OK to let go'

Man catches teen falling from park ride: 'It's OK to let go'

A 14-year-old girl was injured when she dropped from a ride Saturday night at a Six Flags amusement park in upstate NY, the sheriff's office said.

While my thoughts go out to the girl who fell, with honest hope she recovers, you're probably visiting LawNewz.com to see whether she has a case.

Matthew Howard Sr was just leaving the Six Flags Great Escape Amusement Park with his family when he heard someone screaming.

The unidentified 14-year-old was at a Six Flags outside Albany on Saturday night when the sheriff's office said in a statement that the girl was riding the Sky Ride when the operator got word someone was in distress.

The impact knocked Howard out cold and the Warren County Sheriff's Office said the girl was treated at Albany Medical Center for minor injuries.

After the girl manages to wriggle her neck free from the safety bar, the crowd tells her to let go, yelling that they will catch her.

Loren Lent captured the video of the girl dangling from the Sky Ride while a crowd gathered underneath her.

This gassy Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha
Her owner, Shirley Zindler , received a check for $1500 and a trip to NY , according to a report by Associated Press . Chase , a 14-year-old Chinese Crested-Harke mix, came all the way from Neath, United Kingdom to take third place.

The girl lost her grip and fell to where Mr Howard, Ms Winchell and others were waiting. Police officers said she did not sustain any serious injuries in the fall.

She fell through a tree before being caught by the men.

"My daughter was just traumatized", he said.

A 47-year-old man who was among the people catching the girl also ended up in the hospital due to a back injury, according to USA Today, but he's since been released. "She was crying for about a half-hour after".

After the incident investigators assisted by park personnel inspected the ride and the auto the teen girl had used and discovered that everything was in proper working order.

"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. "We are reviewing our internal procedures to ensure the safety and security of our guests and team members".

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.

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