Police are blaming "human error" after a teenage girl fell 25 feet from a gondola-ride at Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George over the weekend.
The Glens Falls-based Post-Star reports that the ride was functioning properly when the 14-year-old girl managed to slip beneath the restraining bar of the "Sky Ride." Warren County Sheriff's Lieutenant Steve Stockdale told the paper that the unnamed girl is not badly hurt, but was hospitalized Saturday night for tests to ensure that she had not sustained any internal injuries in the fall.
Videos of the fall captured by onlookers show the girl dangling from the stopped gondola, as a group of park-goers and security gather to break her fall. She eventually drops from the ride, brushing against a tree before landing in the crowd.
"Girl falling from ride at 6 Flags Great Escape and they have NO means to rescue them," one witness wrote in a Facebook post. "Thanks to the guys who banded together to catch her and the guy who climbed the tree to move the branches out of the way."
A 47-year-old man was also hospitalized after suffering a back injury while attempting to catch the girl, Sky News reports.
As of Monday, police had not yet interviewed the girl, but medical tests have ruled out a medical problem as the cause of her fall, according to Stokedale.
"It could have been a lot worse than it was," the sheriff added.