Maryland Girl Falls 25 Feet From Amusement Park Ride, Survives

A young girl fell up to 25 feet from a ride at the Six Flags America amusement park Friday, suffering minor injuries, authorities said.

The child was riding the Octopus, which the park describes as a mild thrill ride for children, when she fell, said Prince George's County fire department spokesman Mark Brady. Witnesses reported that she fell anywhere from four to 25 feet, Brady said.

The girl was alert and conscious when paramedics arrived. She suffered possible head, hip and leg injuries that were not considered life threatening, Brady said. As a precaution, she was flown to a hospital.

The child's name and age were not immediately released. The cause of the fall was being investigated.

The Octopus takes riders up and down and spins in circles, according to the Six Flags America Web site.

A spokeswoman from Six Flags did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.