A crowd of people managed to catch a teenager who fell from her rollercoaster pod at a theme park.
Six Flags officials 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 of the ride can be completed". It was shut as a precaution.
It's not clear yet how she slipped under the safety bar.
Howard, 47, and his 21-year-old daughter, Leeann Winchell, ran over and positioned themselves under the girl as the ride stopped and security came running. Luckily for this girl a crowd of strangers and park employees gather in hopes of catching her.
"They'll catch you, honey!"
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(Wikipedia claims it dates to 1994, but that number seems way off to me; it might have been redesigned or rebuilt that year, though.) It's basically a slow-speed gondola ride - picture a ski tow, but with very little elevation change - which carries amusement-goers in open-air canopied seats above the park's other (and obviously lower) attractions.
Howard had some minor shoulder and rib pain, but said he and his daughter were able to visit the girl today. They didn't know how she'd fallen out of the ride. "No one wants to put himself underneath a body like that, but I couldn't stand by and watch".
The girl lost her grip and fell down where Howard and Winchell, arms outstretched, waited with a few other good Samaritans. She remains there, authorities said, in stable condition and with no serious injuries. The ride was stopped by an operator after getting word of a rider in distress.
A cellphone video of the girl falling taken by Loren Lent of Glenville, went viral overnight, and the story was picked up by media outlets including staff-written stories in the the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and several papers in England.
"And I grabbed her and in the video I see my daughter grabbing her from here", Howard said. The ride had been inspected and is in proper order, but the park still won't provide this ride clearance to operate. "The safety and security of our guests is our top priority and our thoughts and prayers are with our guest and her family".