Mr Lent said he thought it took too long for park employees to stop the ride and give help. It is unclear why the girl was hanging.
A day at the amusement park became anything but fun for a girl who's seen in video dangling from a ride as shocked bystanders wait anxiously to catch her from below.
On their way toward the exits, his daughter Hayzel, 4, stopped to dance with Six Flags staff.
On Sunday, park officials said the ride had been cleared for operation, but would remain closed.
When asked about safety procedures at the park, Hansen said all rides have a standard evacuation plan.
"As part of our annual practice an evacuation drill is conducted in partnership with local emergency personnel on this particular ride each spring", a spokesperson told The Washington Post. She was then later transported to Albany Medical Center where police say she remains in stable condition.
"Every situation is unique and requires the appropriate time and tools for the evacuation", Wood said in a statement.
The terrifying moment a 14-year-old fell from a ride in NY has been captured on video.
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