Police say teen’s actions caused her to fall from Six Flags ride

In this June 24, 2017, image made from a video provided by Leeann Winchell, a 14-year-old girl falls from an amusement park ride at Six Flags Great Escape Amusement Park in Queensbury, N.Y. (LEEANN WINCHELL /AP)

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. — Investigators say a 14-year-old girl’s own actions caused her to fall from a New York amusement park ride and land in the arms of bystanders.

Warren County sheriff’s Lt. Steven Stockdale tells The Post-Star of Glens Falls that “human error” on the part of the teen caused her to slip under a metal restraining bar on the Sky Ride gondola while riding with her brother Saturday at Six Flags Great Escape.

“It could have been a lot worse than it was,” Stockdale says, adding that the ride was found to be functioning properly.

The girl dangled briefly while her brother held her. The ride was stopped, and she dropped about 25 feet into a crowd poised to catch her. The girl was taken to an Albany hospital for unspecified injuries.

Park officials say the ride remains closed Monday, pending an internal review.

Two safety consultants contacted by CBS This Morning say these types of gondola rides have good safety records. They also say when something does go wrong, it’s usually because of something the rider did.

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