Are theme park rides really as safe as we all assume them to be? A 14-year-old girl dangled then plunged from a ride at Six Flags Great Escape Amusement Park last weekend.
The girl fell from a supposedly family friendly ride called the “Sky Ride”, which transports passengers around the park on a cable. There’s no minimum height requirement, as the ride is supposed to be safe for children.
It’s unclear how the girl ended up the position to be dangling from the ride, but she eventually let go and dropped into a tree 25 feet below. She was rushed to hospital in a helicopter. Onlookers attempted to catch the girl, including a man who was injured in the process and subsequently treated at the local hospital.
The Daily Caller reports:
A crowd of people gathered beneath the girl as she was dangling on the stopped ride. Onlookers persuaded her to let to go of a bar she was holding and to fall into the arms of the awaiting crowd.
The events leading up to the fall and the reasons why the teen ended up dangling from the ride remain unclear.
The girl’s identity remains undisclosed. She is a resident of Delaware, according to various news reports.