Girl's actions caused her to fall from NY park ride

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Several good Samaritans saved a 14-year-old from serious injury, or potentially, death, by catching her as she fell 25 feet from an amusement park ride.

Howard says he stood under the girl and promised he'd catch her.

The girl dangled briefly while her brother held her, screaming for help.

Safety concerns linger in the minds of those who witnessed the girl's fall and the wonderful catch by a dozen amusement park visitors on the ground.

The girl, 14, was taken to Albany Medical Center, where she was reported to be in stable condition with no serious injuries, CBS reported.

Independent safety experts said there was "no way" she would have fallen unless she was "misbehaving" in some way by not sitting entirely still, as the ride instructs.

"It's not something that you could just slip out of", Spiegel said.

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The 14-year-old girl from DE was riding the "Sky Ride" at Six Flags Great Escape, about 55 miles north of Albany, N.Y., about 8 p.m. on Saturday night.

Howard told the girl to fall and promised he'd catch her.

There was no issue with the Sky Ride, according to Six Flags.

According to police, the Sky Ride was functioning properly when the teenager and her brother climbed on it at around 8 p.m. She was taken to Albany Medical Center for unspecified injuries.

Police said in a statement Monday that it appears the accident was caused by the actions of the teenage girl, rather than a mechanical malfunction on the ride itself.

The Sheriff's Office said the girl fell from the auto, hit a tree as she fell.

"Looking at her today and knowing she was alright because of me and my daughter made it worth it". It is unclear why the girl was hanging. The attraction was stopped when the operator was told a rider was in distress.

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