Bystanders who helped falling teen at Great Escape, discuss their heroics

The ride operator apparently stopped the attraction while bystanders gathered below to catch the girl if she fell to the ground.

The girl, who is from Greenwood, Delaware, was riding with a younger relative when she fell.

"We heard some screaming, and I went to see what it was, and she was already hanging", Lent said.

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.

Great escape said the New York State Labor Department cleared the ride for operation but the park will keep it closed during an internal review.

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The teen was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, according to the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities also said an unidentified 47-year-old man from Schenectady, New York, who was a guest at the park, was treated and released from a hospital for a back injury sustained when he attempted to catch the falling girl.

"I couldn't let that little girl die", he said.

Park-goers below start to notice the trouble she is having, and begin to devise a plan for how they will save her when she inevitably falls. "No one wants to put himself underneath a body like that, but I couldn't stand by and watch".

"I'm just glad we could be there to help", she said.

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She said the teenager was in good spirits.

Another child was also in the vehicle, the sheriff's office said.

Howard is just happy he and his daughter were among those on the ground below.

"Let your legs dangle in the air as you board your open, two-person cable vehicle in Fest Area", the website said.

Sunday was just another day here at Great Escape, but the Sky Ride was closed. The park said in a statement that the safety of guests is a top priority.

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Sheriff's investigators, assisted by park personnel, inspected the ride and the vehicle the girl was in Saturday night and said everything was in proper working order and all safety equipment was intact and operational.

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