The 14-year-old girl from DE was riding the Sky Ride, a slow-moving chair lift type of ride, at Six Flags Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom in Queensbury, New York.
Officials say a teenager fell from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate NY amusement park, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below in an effort to catch the victim before she hit the ground.
Safety concerns linger in the minds of those who witnessed the girl's fall and the fantastic catch by a dozen amusement park visitors on the ground.
Authorities said a 47-year-old man was hospitalized after he hurt his back trying to catch the girl, but has since been released.
"What her brother was screaming really got me".
"I promise I'll catch you", he insisted.
The accident happened on the "Sky Ride" at Six Flags Amusement Park, about 55 miles (88.51 kilometers) north of Albany, New York.
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A statement from a sheriff's office said the girl was a 14-year-old park guest visiting from Greenwood, Delaware.
Some witnesses surmised she may have been trying to kick trees as the ride passed them, but Stockdale said that did not appear to be the case.
"God put us in the right place at the right time".
On Sunday, the New York State Department of Labor cleared the ride for operation. The operator stopped the ride after learning a rider was in trouble.
"It could have been a lot worse than it was", said Stockdale, who added that the ride was found to be functioning properly after an investigation.