Last Saturday evening at Six Flags Great Escape New York, a fourteen year-old girl fell from a 25 ft. high gondola ride into the arms of good samaritans visiting or working the park at the time of the accident.
Season-pass holder Matthew Howard, Sr., from Schenectady witnessed the young teen, clearly distressed and dangling from the Sky Ride, a ski lift-type of apparatus, made for in-park sightseeing. He gathered a crowd underneath the girl in order to catch her, and convinced her to drop once everyone was properly in place.
The girl, whose name has not been released, suffered non life-threatening injuries. She was first transported to Glen Falls Hospital, then Albany Medical Center for further testing. Howard was treated for minor back injuries and has since been released.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office have concluded that “human error” (on the rider’s part) to be the cause of this accident, although they have yet to interview the girl, or her brother, who was riding next to her when the falling incident occurred.
The state Department of Labor has inspected and since cleared the ride for reopening. Park officials have decided to keep it shut down until this coming Sunday, pending their own internal investigation into the ride.
“The safety of our guests and team members is our top priority, and out of an abundance of caution, the ride will remain closed while we conduct a thorough internal review,” a park representative has since stated.
Orlando Amusement Park Accident Attorneys
Orlando is the “Theme Park Capital of the World”, playing host to over 60 million tourists a year, all of which are hoping to make their own vacation dreams come true. Amusement parks such as Disney World, Six Flags, and Cedar Point, to name a few, have gone to great lengths to uphold the highest of safety standards for everyone in their parks and resorts – patrons and employees alike.
Although amusement park accidents and injuries at theme parks are few and far between, they do occur. At the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., we know how difficult it can be dealing with the aftermath of an accident. We provide free initial consultations.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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