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Man falls from water slide at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

October 1, 2012 |  6:59 am

A man has been hospitalized after falling from a water slide at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Valencia.

Park spokeswoman Sue Carpenter said the 19-year-old made his way up Venom Drop, part of a 75-foot-high group of slides called Black Snake Summit, about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, according to KTLA-TV.

The man then passed other people in line, and went down the slide head-first on his stomach, even though protocol is to go down feet-first on the back.

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He was not cleared to go down the slide by lifeguards. The man fell off the slide about halfway down and landed on the pavement, the station said.

"He just hit the concrete. ... There was a loud bang," witness Tristan Esparza told KTLA. "Everybody heard it."

The man was unconscious but breathing when he was taken to the hospital, the TV station reported. His name and condition were not released.

"He forced his way past park lifeguards and put himself and other guests at risk by going down the slide in the wrong position," Six Flags said in a statement. "Park medical staff and local paramedics were immediately called to the scene."

-- From a Times staff writer