Witnesses said she was lifted up and carried to a golf cart where emergency workers arrived to help her. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office, the ride's operator was notified that a rider was in distress and he immediately stopped the ride. Around 8 p.m., she fell out of the ride and was hanging onto the edge.
"Looking at her today knowing she was alright because of me and my daughter, made it worth it", Howard said. She was treated at the park, then taken to an area hospital. Howard was hospitalized with a minor back injury and later released from the hospital.
"I just couldn't stand there", he said.
"At the end of the day, whatever happened, we saved this girl's life, and now she's got a second chance", Winchell said.
Lent noted that ride didn't have seat belts, only a bar to hold patrons inside.
When asked about safety procedures at the park, Hansen said all rides have a standard evacuation plan.
The girl was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
The park said in a statement that the safety of guests was a top priority.
The ride was shut for safety checks and has since been cleared for operation, but will remain closed.
The park opened in 1954 as Storytown USA and was acquired in 1996 by Premier Parks, which later bought and changed its name to Six Flags.