Police: ‘Human error’ may have caused to girl fall out of Sky Ride at the Great Escape

Credit: Loren Lent

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s the video everyone is talking about. A 14-year-old girl from Delaware survives a fall from a ride at the Great Escape amusement park, it’s raising questions about safety as well as the riders own actions.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve reviewed security video taken near the ride and are now considering human error as a factor in this weekend’s incident.

It wasn’t only cellphones that captured the terrifying moments when the girl clung to and then fell from the ride.

There were also security cameras within the park focused on the gondola style ride.

Police say the video shows the girl riding in slumped down position. And then in a split second, she is seen slipping out from the space in between the seat and the safety bar.

“The equipment was inspected and found to be in working order. We are continuing to investigate the matter and are considering human error as a causative factor,” Warren County Sheriff Lt. Steven Stockdale said.

Well known personal injury attorney Paul Harding who is not involved in this case gave the example of a ski lift.

“There’s a bar and somewhere for your feet to go,” Paul Harding, of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, said.

According to their website, the amusement park says there’s no minimum height requirement for the Sky Ride but that you have to be at least 48 inches tall to ride alone.

Police say the girl who fell from the ride was well over that at about 5’2”. She was also riding along with her brother.

The Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom did not return NEWS10 ABC’s calls to answer how the park is addressing any safety concerns.

It did release a statement on Sunday saying the Department of Labor determined the ride was safe to reopen. The Sky Ride will remain closed until the park makes its own determination.

The girl has been released from the hospital.

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