Girl survives 7.5m fall from New York amusement ride

A TEENAGE girl has survived a fall from an amusement ride in New York, after screaming for help as she dangled from a gondola.

The 14-year-old was taking part in a 'Sky Ride' gondola attraction at Six Flags Amusement Park in upstate New York.

In front of dozens of witnesses, the girl screamed as she dangled from the chairlift's railing while staff and visitors raced to catch her.

The teenager eventually let go, striking a branch as she fell 7.5m into waiting arms below.

The crowd erupted into cheers and clapping as the girl was rushed by staff to an awaiting golf-buggy to take her for medical treatment.

The incident was caught on video by Loren Lent, who posted it to Facebook.

Six Flags officials told local media the 'Sky Ride' was stopped after an operator was told there was a passenger in distress

The park said in a statement: "There does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until a thorough review can be completed."

It is unclear what caused the girl to fall from the two-person gondola, which was also occupied by an unidentified man.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office says the unidentified 14-year-old girl from Greenwood, Delaware, was in a stable condition at Albany Medical Center with no serious injuries.

A 47-year-old visitor to the park was treated and released for a back injury sustained while attempting to catch the girl.

News Corp Australia


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